The 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa was celebrated all over the world and all across the city in New York. Culture and honor were once again promoted. In Brooklyn, members of the Black community joined the New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations and the International African Arts Festival as they hosted Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa, and his wife, Tiamoyo. To a packed audience, Karenga delivered his annual Founder’s Message for Kwanzaa 2016, “The Nguzo Saba and Constant Striving: Repairing, Renewing and Remaking Our World.”

Karenga and speakers urged as always that the guiding principles of unity, economic empowerment, faith, purpose and cultural and community responsibility, should be practiced all year round as an aspiration and as a lifestyle. There were inspirational words from the stage and an energetic presentation by Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater, one of Brooklyn and New York’s leading community-based African Diaspora folkloric arts institutions.