Women for Progress

      of Mississippi, Inc.


2014 Theme:

Celebrating and Living Kwanzaa:

Sowing and Harvesting Seeds of Good


What is Kwanzaa?

The year 2014 marks the 48th annual Kwanzaa, the African American holiday celebrated from December 26 to January 1. It is estimated that some 18 million African Americans take part in Kwanzaa.


Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, nor is it meant to replace Christmas. It was created by Dr. Maulana "Ron" Karenga, a professor of Black Studies, in 1966. At this time of great social change for African Americans, Karenga sought to design a celebration that would honor the values of ancient African cultures and inspire African Americans who were working for progress.

Kwanzaa is based on the year-end harvest festivals that have taken place throughout Africa for thousands of years. The name comes from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza," which means "first fruits of the harvest." Karenga chose a phrase from Swahili because the language is used by various peoples throughout Africa.

Candles in a Kinara are lit for each day of the celebration. A black candle is lit on the first day; it symbolizes the people. To the left of the black candle are three red candles representing their struggles. To the right of the black candles are three green candles which represents hope and the future. The candles are lit from left to right for each day of the celebration. Greetings in Swahili are also exchanged each day of the celebration. The question "Habari gani?" is asked and the answer will be the principle being celebrated on that day.


**Free & Open to the Public**


Saturday, December 27, 2014, 5:30 PM
Gallery1, 1100 J.R. Lynch Street, Kimberly Jacobs, Coordinator
Monday, December 29, 2014, 5:00 PM
Ujamaa(Cooperative Economics)
Smith-Robertson Museum,528 Bloom Street, Jackson, MS
Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 6:00 PM
Medgar Evers Community Center, 3159 Edwards Avenue, Jackson, MS
Ms. Georgia Cohran, Coordinator

**For more information, please contact Angela Stewart (601) 982-3274 or email, mail@womenforprogress.net.

Kwanzaa 2013 Photo Gallery