Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI)
104 17th Avenue South, Seattle WA, 98144
Community Kwanzaa Celebration – December 19 at 7 PM
Seattle, WA. Come share the seven principles of Kwanzaa at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI). Honoring the foundation of building bridges between Africans and African Americans, the Community Kwanzaa Celebration will showcase artists from our African and African American Communities to illuminate this Holiday through the performing arts of dance, music and drama.
TICKETS: $7 General; Children under 12 FREE
Purchase tickets at: http://BPT.ME/2476199 or at the door.
LHPAI will present this tradition in one beautiful evening. The principal Kuumba – Creativity, will be highlighted and will showcase gifted artists and inspired performances themed, “Up for My People”, Directed by Umeme Upesi and Associate Director Felicia V. Loud. Featuring well known Black artists, Kibibi Mone, Sheree Seretse, Steve Sneed, Owuor Arunga, Jasmine Flammer and community elder/activist Elmer Dixon you will be fully engaged in tradition.
Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1963, Kwanzaa was created to build a bridge for the traditional African values and to reach and reinforce connections among African American and African Communities throughout the world. The values are called Nguzo Saba, which in Swahili means the seven principles. These seven principles are the heart of the holiday and are observed over the seven days from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast, and gift-giving. The principles are:
- Umoja(Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
- Kujichagulia(Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
- Ujima(Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and profit from them together.
- Nia(Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and development of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Kuumba(Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- Imani(Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Join us and these talented artists to reconnect with family, friends and community by celebrating our powerful and shared traditions through the performing arts and traditional foods!