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Pre-Kwanza Market and Celebration – Chicago

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Africa International House USA, Inc. (AIH) and Chicago Park District to Host 

Annual Holiday Market and Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration

kwanzaa_fancy2(CHICAGO)— Africa International House, USA, Inc. (AIH) will host its Annual Holiday Market & Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration on Friday December 18th, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday December 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Harriet Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Ave Chicago IL, 60637.


Sponsored by Nissan, the Annual Holiday Market & Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration is a unique event spotlighting small business vendors who focus on culturally significant items with cross-cultural appeal.  Patrons will be shopping at the Holiday Market with Karen Joy JewelryDana Wearable ArtHead Peace Designs, Portraits by Gilmore and Sherrie’s Ring’s & Things and over 40 other vendors with jewelry, clothing, hats, accessories, home decor, toys, dolls, cards, books, African art and collectibles, soap, shea butter,  and holiday ornaments.  The weekend festivities will also include, live entertainment, food, fashion show, workshops and children activities—fun for the entire family.

A Kwanzaa Ceremony will kick-off the event, Friday, 5:00 pm, with African drumming by Eric ‘Olu’ Johnson, founder of Drum Village, followed by live entertainment from jazz sensation Maggie Brown. On Saturday the Kwanzaa Ceremony will begin at 11:00 am. Engaging panel discussions will follow: Taking Charge of Your Health seminar with Dr. Maya Green of the Cook County Health System, and holistic physician Paul L. Hannah MD. Award winning author, Susan D. Peters will moderate the Reading by Any Means Necessary panel.  Other panelists include Deborah Gray Young, Vice President of Burrell Communications and author, Dr. Obari Cartman.

The Black Activism in the 21st Century panel will be led by Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, General Secretary of The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC).  Arlene Y. Coleman, President of the Cook County Bar Association will be on the Black Activism Panel as well.  Another exciting and educational Panel at the Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration is. “Taking Charge of Your Finances.”  Ernesto Borges, Senior Partner of Bill Busters will host this panel.

All will enjoy performances by the Betty Shabazz Performers, Timeless Gifts and Tracey Eileen while shopping for treasures at the market.  Shop for the holidays and support black businesses who produce handmade gifts worth giving and keeping.

Kwanzaa is a week long celebration from December 26thJanuary 1st dedicated to introducing and reinforcing the seven basic values of African culture that contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture.  While Kwanzaa was created by African Americans in the United States it is recognized across the Africans Diaspora.  Combined, Kwanzaa values are called the Nguzo Saba which in Swahili means the Seven Principles.  The Seven Principles are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).

Africa International House, USA, Inc.

The mission of Africa International House (AIH) is to serve as a center that exposes and educates all people to the individual works and collective contributions of African cultures. Our mission is addressed through our flagship program, the African Festival of the Arts, and through other activities that promote African-based culture.

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