Community and Culture at the Center of Malcolm X College’s Annual Kwanzaa Celebration


Chicagoans from across the city join convened at Malcolm X College on December 27, 2022 for the college’s annual Kwanzaa celebration.

This year’s event, “A Story of a Resilient Culture”, featured children’s story times and live performances from Emmy award-winning vocalist Joan Collaso, the Thunder Sky Drummers, and Najwa Dance Corps, a local dance company. A vendor marketplace and drum call event brought participants together.

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration, beginning the day after Christmas each year, that was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Dr. Karenga aimed to create a nationally celebrated holiday reaffirming African heritage and culture. The holiday is rooted in the Nguzo Saba (Swahili for Seven Principles), celebrated during each of the seven days of the holiday,: umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), and imani (faith).

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View photos from the Kwanzaa celebration below.