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Celebrate African Culture (Livermore)
January 12 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with Grandmothers Who Help, Inc., will present a new event celebrating African American Heritage at the Bankhead Theater on Saturday, January 12 from 10am to 2pm.
The event falls between Kwanzaa and African-American History Month and is just prior to the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In addition to explaining and presenting the traditions of the Kwanzaa holiday, which focuses on building unity and community, there will be music, drumming, dancing, hands-on crafts, a historical display, and an African Safari booth. A historical display will celebrate the contributions of African people in America, from Sojourner Truth to Neil deGrasse Tyson, Barack Obama and more.
The event is co-sponsored by Grandmothers Who Help, a locally-based organization dedicated to passing down the history of the African American people and promoting unity in our communities.
Begun in 1966, Kwanzaa is derived from “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. The family-centered celebration typically includes songs, dances, drumming, storytelling and a large meal. On each of seven nights, candles are lit symbolizing the seven principles which contribute to building a reinforcing a sense of community and unity.
The new African-American event at the Bankhead adds to the free family-oriented cultural events Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center already sponsors throughout the year. The Lunar New Year will be celebrated on the plaza on February 10 and Hispanic Heritage Day in May. Celebrations of Native American Day, Filipino Barrio Fiesta and Diwali take place in the fall months.