Each year, the Kwanzaa holiday begins the day after Christmas with umoja, which means unity, and continues for a seven-day period (Dec. 26 – Jan. 1), with each day highlighting a principle that promotes family and community development.
Kwanzaa is a non-religious holiday and exists to celebrate the legacy, strength and endurance of African Americans. On Dec. 26, The Lincoln Theatre and The Adinkra Group present “Umoja on U,” a performance-infused Kwanzaa celebration honoring eight leaders in the Washington community. Performers will include BlackNotes, Farafina Kan, Maimouna Youssef, Gods’Illa and the Ballou High School Choir. Co-hosts include Entrepreneur Juanita “Busy Bee” Britton and radio Personality EZ Street from 93.9 WKYS.
“’Umoja on U’ will focus on unity and community building, while featuring the extraordinary talents of vocalists, musicians, dancers and spoken word artists from our great city,” said Jeffrey Banks, Vice President of the board of directors for the Lincoln Theatre, in a statement. “We are honored to host Washington, D.C.’s premier Kwanzaa celebration. In line with the spirit of Kwanzaa, Umoja on U is sure to leave attendees uplifted and inspired.”
Honorees include Kenny Barnes, Reaching Out to Others Together, Roots; Ron Clark, Regional Additional Prevention, (RAP); Melvin Deal, African Heritage Dancers and Drummers; Carol Foster, DC Youth Ensemble; Kymone Freeman, Black L. U. V. (Love, Unity and Vision) Festival; Ayo Handy-Kendi, African-American Holiday Expo and Association; Brenda Jones, Parkland Community Center; Bernida Thompson, Roots Activity Learning Center and Roots Public Charter School.
General admission is $20; seniors (65 and older) are $15; and children (12 and under) are $10. Tickets are available at www.thelincolntheatre.org, at the Lincoln Theatre Box office or by phone at 202-328-6000 or 202-286-2688. The Lincoln Theatre is located at 1215 U Street NW, DC. Doors open at 5pm, program begins at 6 p.m.