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UMOJA! 1st Night Celebration on December 26, 2022, 6:00 p.m. at the Historic Hays County Courthouse, 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos, TX 78666
IMANI: Last Night Celebration on January 1, 2023, 5:00 p.m. at the Cephas House, 213 MLK Dr. San Marcos, TX 78666
2nd-5th night Virtual Celebration will air nightly at 7 p.m. on the DHA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZZPvbxmrNTtl-PDnhhQPRQ
This year, the Dunbar Heritage Association will celebrate Kwanzaa, a non-religious, cultural holiday that focuses on family, community, and culture. Kwanzaa is modeled after the first harvest celebrations in Africa, and the meaning of the name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means the “first fruits” of the harvest. The annual celebration takes place from December 26 thru January 1.
Each night of the celebration highlights one of the 7 principles of Kwanzaa known as the Nguza Saba.
SEVEN PRINCIPLES – SEVEN DAYS OF THE WEEK:
- Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together.
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Various In-Person Speakers, Performers, and Participants!
Guest Speaker: Dr. Agwuele
As an interdisciplinary scholar, Augustine Agwuele integrates the conceptual rigors of theoretical linguistics with ethnographically grounded scholarship to address common and habitual practices which he terms “Trivials”. His interest spans linguistics, socio-cultural anthropology, language and culture, and Peoples and Cultures of Africa.
MC & Kwanzaa Grio: Kelley Glover
Texas State doctoral research assistant, Critical Re-Membering Theorist Music Educator, U Better Sing (UBS) Owner
Drummer/Djembefola: Luiz Coutinho
LUIZ COUTINHO IS A MUSICIAN, DRUMMER, AND PERCUSSIONIST FROM BRAZIL, BORN INTO A FAMILY AND CULTURE OF MUSIC AND SPIRITUALITY. WHILE A YOUNG GROWING UP IN BRAZIL.RIO.DE.JANEIRO , COUTINHO PARTICIPATED IN SEVERAL SAMBA SCHOOLS, BLOCOS AFROS AND AFOXES, COLLABORATING WITH OTHER MUSICIANS AND STUDIES, TRAVELING ALL OVER BRAZIL, STUDYING BRAZILIAN CULTURE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH. IN 1993 HE ARRIVED IN U.S.A., SETTLING IN AUSTIN, TEXAS “THE CAPITAL MUSIC OF THE WORLD” IN AN EFFORT TO BROADEN HIS LOVE AND KNOWLEDGE OF MUSIC. COUTINHO CURRENTLY HAS INITIATED HIS OWN INTERPRETATION OF WORLD MUSIC AND DANCING WITH “THE BATIKUM” USING HIS BRAZILIAN INFLUENCE WITH MANY DIFFERENT STYLES FROM AFRICA, SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, MIDDLE EAST AND EUROPE. KB & THE BATIKUM IS ENDORSED BY NAGO BRASIL INSTRUMENTS & PERCUSSION. THE BATIKUM.
WEBSITE / http://www.luizcoutinho.com