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Wright Museum Celebrates Kwanzaa With Series Of Events

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Children applaud behind a traditional 'kinara' candelabra as musicians perform African music ... File photo. We Are Family' festival. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Children applaud behind a traditional ‘kinara’ candelabra as musicians perform African music … File photo. We Are Family’ festival. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will celebrate Kwanzaa through a series of events beginning December 26.

Thursday begins with a candle lighting ceremony open to the public in homage to the rich cultural heritage of Kwanzaa.

Thursday 12/26 at 6 p.m.: Umoja / Unity – Honor the wisdom of our Ancestors as a guide for our lives today with a storytelling presentation of “Wise Tales From the Village” by members of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers and musical performances. Presented in partnership with Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore. Free.

Saturday 12/28 at 6 p.m.: Ujima / Collective Work & Responsibility – The Nsoroma Institute presents the celebration of the third evening of Kwanzaa with libations, performances by Thiosane Performing Arts Company, Nsoroma alumni recognition, and a Kwanzaa marketplace. Interested vendors should contact Baba Al Seevers at (313) 363-5985. Free.

Sunday 12/29 at 6 p.m.: Ujamaa / Cooperative Economics – Khary WAE Frazier leads the celebration for the fourth evening of Kwanzaa with musical performances, storytelling, and more! Free.

These family-friendly events are FREE and open to the public.

Sunday 12/29 @ 5 p.m. in the Ford Freedom Rotunda:

Get your groove on with our weekly hustle lessons, taught by instructor Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet. Free for Members, $7 for non-members. Purchase 5 lessons and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months of hustle lessons FREE!

For more information, you can call (313) 494-5800 or click on HERE.

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