Hello everyone, I want to wish each one of you a very happy Kwanzaa and/or a Merry Christmas. I truly hope the holidays bring you everyone you wished for. Be safe, enjoy your family and most of all thank God that you live to celebrate the most important holiday of the year. While celebrating your holidays, keep in mind all the loved ones we lost this year, their memories will always be in your heart.
To help celebrate this holiday, the Eubie Blake Cultural Center will have their annual Community Kwanzaa Celebration on Dec. 28, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. with an African marketplace, live performances, food, and a Kwanzaa ceremony as they celebrate Ujimaa or collective work and responsibility and it is free to the public. The African marketplace will have more than a dozen vendors. The Kwanzaa ceremony will be conducted by Eubie Blake board chair, Leslie Howard, Esq., a children’s arts and crafts class taught by local artist Sallah Jenkins, and live performances by the Keur Khaleyi African Dance and Drumming Company, Nu World Arts Ensemble, the Eubie Blake Cabaret Company, and a guest D.J. Poet, actor and dancer, Tracie Jiggetts will serve as host for the event. For more information contact Charsa Palamore at 443-255-3130.
Another Kwanzaa celebration will be presented at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Dec. 30, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate this annual African American holiday with keynote lecturer and Kwanzaa founder, Dr. Malauna Karenga, followed by African dance, storytelling, drumming performances, workshops and traditional crafts using fiber art. Elder and quilter Dr. Joan Gaither will discuss the stories of African American history documented in her story quilts from the exhibit, “Freedom: Emancipation Quilted & Stitched.” Presenters include Sankofa Dance Theater, author and food nutritionist Tambra Raye Stevenson, and community artist, Sallah Jenkins.
Joy Baltimore, in partnership with the historic Arch Social Club and the Baltimore International Black Film Festival, will present, “A Miracle on Pennsylvania Avenue,” on Dec. 22, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. There will be a tree lighting, food, games, entertainment, vendors, marching bands, live music, photos with Santa and much more. This event will be at the Arch Social Club, 2426 Pennsylvania Ave. For more information, contact Lonnie Walker at 443-522-8553.
Look, my friends, just for the fun of it, if you want to see something very special, please check out the 34th Street Lights. If you haven’t seen this yet in Baltimore, you are really missing out on a Christmas treat. It is the most festive street in Baltimore. It is a short walk so, just park your car and be amazed. The residents really go all out to ensure you leave their neighborhood a lot happier. It is located at 720 W. 34th Street in Hampden. It is appropriately called, “Miracle on 34th Street”. This neighborhood has been doing this for 71 years.
Well, my dear friends, I have to go now. Enjoy your holidays, have fun and be safe. God bless you and Merry Christmas from my heart and home to yours.
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