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Kwanzaa Community Celebration and Ujamaa Winter Market

Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Main Library, 50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ

Celebrate the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa with a festive community gathering featuring traditional presentations, live entertainment, and programs that illustrate the historical elements of Kwanzaa. One such principle, cooperative economics, will be demonstrated during the Ujamaa Winter Market.

Kwanzaa Gift Picture
IslandMagic Photo
Salieu Suso picture
Salieu Suso


Ujamaa Winter Market

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Plaza
Learn about and support local businesses at the Market, which will feature vendors from Montclair as well as its surrounding communities. Some of the participating businesses are The Little Scent Shoppe, Some Sisters, Grandma Emma’s Corp., Nitjuan Designs, MremboNYC, and Ahh-Land Woman Herbals.

Balloon Twisting by ISLANDMAGIC

10-11 a.m., Plaza
ISLANDMAGIC, a magician from the island, returns to MPL to bring smiles to children with balloon twisting. While supplies last.

Kwanzaa Legacy: A Presentation on the Seven Principles with a Performance by Usaama Dance Company

11 a.m.-12 p.m., Auditorium
Witness the ceremonial Pouring of Libations, and learn about the meaning and seven principles of the singular African-American celebration known as Kwanzaa. Afterwards, Usaama Dance Company (the youth arm of Umoja Dance Company) performs riveting African Dance in honor of this important celebration.

Card Tricks by ISLANDMAGIC

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Plaza
ISLANDMAGIC, a magician from the island, returns to MPL to bring smiles to families with fun card tricks.

Kora Music by Salieu Suso

12-1 p.m., Plaza
Salieu Suso is a master player of the kora, a soothing, 12-stringed harp instrument originally from West Africa. Born into a family tradition of Jalis (musician-historians), he is also a composer, arranger, and teacher of West African music and culture.

Kwanzaa Ancestors: A Tribute to Paula "Mama Yaa" McCoy and Interactive Drum Circle

1-2 p.m., Auditorium
Montclair Public Library’s annual community Kwanzaa events stretch back to 1989. Over the last decade, Paula “Mama Yaa” McCoy curated events that celebrated African-American culture while bringing Montclair’s community together. Witness a ceremonial Pouring of Libations, and honor Mama Yaa’s ongoing gift to Montclair with your presence. Afterwards, there will be an interactive drum circle.

No registration required. Indoor programs have limited capacity. Presented in conjunction with stewards of Montclair’s African-American community Latifah Jannah, Tiffany Barnes, Tinu Joseph, LaNa J. Jules, and Christine Smith.

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