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Annual Community Kwanzaa Celebration

  • Friday, December 28, 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Olympia Learning Center, 621 Bluff Road, Columbia

2018 Kwanzaa in the Midlands: Ujima
Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, community and culture - Join us Friday, December 28 for a day of activities culminating in a Free community Kwanzaa celebration as we celebrate the Kwanzaa principle of "Collective Work and Responsibility." FREE and open to the public. EVENT FLYER

No Ticket is need, however if you want to let us know that you are coming select "Tickets" and choose the "Free Ticket" option.

Friday, December 28 Activities

  • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Tour of Mann-Simons Cottage, 1403 Richland St., Columbia, $6/pp

  • 12 - 2 p.m.: Enjoy lunch at local cultural restaurants, Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant (2006 Senate St.), or Island Grill Caribbean Restaurant (1601 Harden St.), or at A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen (formerly Lamb’s Bread at 2338 Main St.)

  • 6 p.m.: Kwanzaa in the Midlands - Free and open to the public, 2324 Gervais St. Enjoy Cultural Expressions African Drummers and Dancers, a Karamu and more. With Keynote Speaker Professor James Small, Pan-African activist, dynamic scholar, author, consultant and lecturer from New York, NY. Professor Small is featured in the popular "Hidden Colors" independent films. Join us to listen to this dynamic speaker.

Vendors: A limited number of vendor tables are available. Vendors must pay in advanced through Eventbrite to reserve a table. No refunds once a reservation as been made. Questions, contact Jerome Boykin at To reserve your table select "Tickets" and choose the vendor option to pay.

Hotel Information: Spend the Weekend in Columbia - Contact the Hampton Inn at 803.865.8000 (Two Notch & I77). Reference “Kwanzaa in the Midlands” for a Group Rate of $95/night. Free Breakfast and Wifi included. Book by December 14.

Event sponsored by the Catalyst Mbongi Organizations: Catalyst Mbongi Organizations: Kemetic Institute for Health and Human Development; Krst Universal Temple; NABSW-Columbia Chapter; Assn. for the Study of Classical African Civilizations; Concerned Black Men, Meditating Massage Wellness Studio; Center for Education and Equity of African American Students at USC; Palmer Memorial Chapel; SC Organization for African Unity; Egbe Aborisa Columbia, SC; and the Ubuntu Institute for Community Development (Greenville).

Funded by: Richland County Government Hospitality Tax Funds.

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