Celebrate Kwanzaa with the 7-Day Savannah Celebration

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The community of Savannah is invited to participate in the Kwanzaa celebrations starting Sunday.

Established in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, the annual Heritage Celebration pays homage to African-American culture. It was born out of the Watts Riots in Los Angeles as a way to unite the community.

Last year, Savannah At-Large Alderman Kesha Gibson-Carter launched the first Kwanzaa Krawl in the host city to promote peace during a year of violent crime.

He returns again this year, from December 26 to January 2. The Kwanzaa Krawl will honor the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and showcase local restaurants, organizations, vendors and local artists.

The festivities will take place every evening, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Breakfast / brunch restaurants have also been chosen for certain days.

The week-long celebration ends with Sunday’s culminating event at Mrs. Polly Cake Giant (2325 Ogeechee Rd.) With camaraderie, fun, food and festivities. The organizers have planned music, dancing, vendors and a Kwanzaa Spelling Bee.

Customers are urged to follow COVID-19 guidelines and participate in on-site screening or testing.

Kwanzaa Krawl schedule

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  • Sunday December 26: Umoja (unit)
    • Location: Odyssey 2.0 (65 W. Fairmont Ave.)
    • Presenter: Dr Amir Jamal Touré
    • Hosts: State Senator Lester Jackson and Chatham County Tax Commissioner Sonya Jackson
    • Charity: Alpha Bears
    • Contact: 912.777.4033
  • Monday December 27: Kujichagulia (self-determination)
    • Brunch: House of Prayer (1805 Ogeechee Rd.) At 11:15 a.m.
    • PM location: 2 chefs (2005-07 Martin Luther King, Jr.)
    • Presenter: Lillian Baptiste
    • Host: Shalena Cook-Jones, Chatham County District Attorney
    • Charity: across all ministries
    • Contact: 912.349.7435
  • Tuesday December 28: Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
    • Breakfast: Kim’s Cafe (714 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.) at 7:00 a.m.
    • Afternoon location: 520 Tavern (8820 Abercorn St.)
    • Presenter: Christina Davis
    • Host: Representative Derek Mallow
    • Charity: Frank Callen Boys and Girls Clubs
    • Contact: 912.438.6191
  • Wednesday December 29: Ujamaa (cooperative economy)
    • Breakfast: Narobi’s Grits & Gravy (2019 rue Habersham) at 6:00 a.m.
    • Afternoon location: Kool Vibes (4501 Montgomery Street)
    • Presenter: Johnny Brown
    • Hosts: Chatham County Commissioners Tanya Milton and Adot Whitely
    • Charity: Future Spirits
    • Contact: 912.499.5665
  • Thursday, December 30: Nia (goal)
    • Brunch: Seafood cuisine (11, rue Bird) at 7 a.m.
    • Afternoon location: Liquid Cafe (10201 Abercorn St.)
    • Presenter: Vaughnette Goode-Walker
    • Host: Judge Tammy Stokes
    • Charity: Save Our Youth Savannah
    • Contact: 912.777.5663
  • Friday December 31: Kuumba (creativity)
    • Location: Kreole Kitchen (1800 E Victory Dr.)
    • Presenter: Faith Apiap
    • Moderator: Alicia Miller-Blakely, Alderman of Savannah
    • Charity: Downtown Night Shelter
    • Contact: 912.777.5884
  • Saturday January 1: Imani (faith)
    • Location: Unforgettable Bakery & Deli (238 Eisenhower Dr.)
    • Presenter: Patt Gunn
    • Host: Dr. Tonia Howard-Hall, Chatham County Board of Education Representative
    • Charity: Unforgettable Dream Kids
    • Contact: 912.355.6160
  • Sunday January 2: culminating event
    • Location: Mme Polly Cake Giant (2325 Ogeechee Rd.)


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