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Posted on: December 18, 2023

Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter Presents 4th Annual Kwanzaa Krawl

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 Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter Presents 4th Annual Kwanzaa Krawl

 

SAVANNAH (Dec. 18, 2023) – Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter will present the fourth annual Kwanzaa Krawl, taking place at various restaurants throughout the city nightly at 7 p.m. beginning Monday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 1.

This weeklong event, and the 40th annual citywide celebration, will showcase local restaurants, artists, and vendors who help make the Savannah African-American culture one-of-a-kind. Donations and proceeds collected throughout the week will benefit Save Our Youth Savannah. 

Each night, a restaurant will serve as the host site and a selection of local elected leaders will be on-site to greet and engage guests. There will be music each night featuring Royal Ethiopian Sound. In addition, local historians & speakers will offer expressions for each principle. 

A Kwanzaa Krawl Kick-off will be held on Monday, Dec. 25 at 3 p.m. at the African American Monument on River Street. 

A heritage holiday, Kwanzaa is a celebration of peace and unity in the African-American community, a time to uplift the culture and history. Defined by a set of shared beliefs, Kwanzaa can be recognized by everyone from all walks of life.

More than 50 years ago, Kwanzaa was created in response to civil unrest among African-Americans in California. Thus, the goal of the holiday is to bring African-Americans together as a collective community. 

In 2020, Alderwoman Gibson-Carter identified an opportunity to build on the community’s annual holiday by amplifying the principles of Kwanzaa with a focus on promoting peace and evoking love in the community. 

Co-organizer and historian, Dr. Amir Jamal Touré, will be joined by other local storytellers, lecturers, poets, authors, and teachers.

They will usher in the spirit of the holiday, by offering demonstrations of one of the seven principles: 

1. Umoja: Unity - to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

2. Kujichagulia: Self-Determination - to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

3. Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility - to build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and solve them together.

4. Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics - to build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

5. Nia: Purpose - to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

6. Kuumba: Creativity - to always do as much as we can, in the way we can, to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

7. Imani: Faith - to believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

All are invited and encouraged to support the restaurants by purchasing a meal and/or patronizing vendors. 

Kwanzaa Krawl Itinerary:

Day 1: UMOJA 

Tuesday, Dec. 26

B. NICOLE BISTRO

1639 E. Victory Drive 

Featuring: Dr. Amir J. Toure

 

Day 2: KUJICHAGULIA

Wednesday, Dec. 27

2 CHEFS GULLAH GEECHEE

2007 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Featuring: Amen Kush

 

Day 3: UJIMA 

Thursday, Dec. 28

KOOL VIBES PIZZA & WINGS

4501 Montgomery St.

Featuring: Lillian Baptiste

 

Day 4: UJAMAA 

Friday, Dec. 29

ODYSSEY 2.0

65 W. Fairmont Ave.

Featuring: Temakha Maakheru

 

Day 5: NIA

Saturday, Dec. 30

KREOLE KITCHEN 

1800 E. Victory Dr.

Featuring: Darien Harper

 

Day 6: KUUMBA

Sunday, Dec. 31

KIM’S CAFE

714 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Featuring:  Randy Quarterman

 

Day 7: IMANI

Monday, Jan. 1

UNFORGETTABLE 

DELI & BAKERY 

238 Eisenhower Dr.

Featuring: Salt Wata Players

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