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Kwanzaa 2013–35th Annual Celebration

Saturday, December 28, 2013


Join us for the Museum’s 35th annual Kwanzaa celebration! Hosted by storyteller Linda Humes, the festivities will include family-friendly activities, exciting raffles, and an international marketplace. The Supremes from the Broadway hit Motown the Musical make a special appearance. Back by popular demand, Oscar-nominated youth ensemble IMPACT Repertory Theatre, with Ugandan poet Emilia Ottoo, opens the show. Restoration Dance Theatre Company returns with an eclectic mix of African, Caribbean, jazz, and modern dances. Balance Dance Theatre, led by acclaimed choreographer Obediah Wright, performs. Bestselling author and award-winning filmmaker MK Asante introduces his landmark film, narrated by Maya Angelou, “The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration,” followed by a special encore screening and book signing of his new memoir, Buck.

Watch the video to learn more. 


Click here to view the Balance Dance Theater Reel on YouTube.

Click here to view IMPACT Repertory Theatre performing “POLITIX” at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on YouTube. 

Click here to view the official book trailer for Buck: A Memoir by MK Asante.

Click here to enjoy “The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration” trailer.

Click here to view our selection of vendors for this year's international marketplace.

For more information on Kwanzaa, visit:

Support for Kwanzaa 2013is provided, in part, by the Sidney, Milton and Leoma Simon Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt, and the Weinig Foundation.

Kwanzaa 2013–35th Anniversary Celebration is co-presented by Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group.

The Kwanzaa marketplace is organized by the Harlem Arts Alliance.

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