Here is the Detroit LGBTA (Allies) information for the annual Karibu House celebration. Note that you MUST email the address below for more information. Thank you to Dr. Kofi Adoma for this announcement.
Kwanzaa Candles (Photo credit: universalhiphopparade)
Kwanzaa is a 7-day African American cultural holiday that is celebrated between Dec. 26th through Jan. 1st. As a way to assure a safe space for LGBTs to celebrate openly as who they are, the annual LGBTA Kwanzaa Celebration began in the mid 80s thanks to the Detroit Coalition of Black Gays and Lesbians. Once the group became defunct, an ad hoc Kwanzaa Planning Committee was formed to continue the coordination of this annual Kwanzaa celebration for African Americans across all attractionalities. It has maintained a sacred gathering of cultural-centered renewal and brainstorming for the coming year. Upon request, you’ll receive the schedule of events for the entire 7days to your email in two weeks. Anyone wishing to adopt an African Name should immediately respond to this email or call the Helpline and leave an email address to send the African Name Form. The deadline has been extended to Dec. 20th. Start early to make a homemade gift for the children’s Kwanzaa on January 1st.
For this year’s Kwanzaa, the theme is “Black LGBTA Empowerment and Engagement.” On each night of Kwanzaa, in the homes of hospitable community members, let us pour libations for the ancestors, recognize the elders, light the candles, acknowledge the “first fruits” of the harvest, express appreciation for the diversity within the African American community, and discuss the ways that self and mutual empowerment are practiced in Detroit’s African American LGBTA community while examining how proactive engagement and leadership make a difference. African American LGBT’s are at the cutting edge of significant social change in this country. Such voices are needed in order to secure a bright future for the generations to come. The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba) are suggested guidelines for a value system to adopt and practice throughout the upcoming year: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self Determination), Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).