Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture

Presented by

Dr. Jackie Thompson


In this workshop, participants will learn about the history and traditions of the Kwanzaa holiday celebrations. Using call & response in Swahili/Kiswahili, participants work together to learn the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and its symbols. As a group, they will do an activity with the Unity Cup and explore the meaning of “harambee,” which means working together or “all pull together.” Participants will understand how Kwanzaa is a celebration and a way of life shared by people of many religions and cultures.

This workshop can be adapted for participants of any age and makes a great Lunch & Learn presentation for businesses.

Workshop Details


African American Culture


Holiday traditions


60 max

Standard Length

45 min

Room Setup

Supplies/Equipment Needed:

Chair for each student, plus a few extra

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