small text medium text large text


About Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a 7-day celebration of Pan African and African American culture that takes place each year from December 26 to January 1. Modeled after the ancient African "first fruits" harvest celebrations, Kwanzaa is centered around 7 principles and celebrates Black family, community, and culture. Kwanzaa developed out of the social and political changes of the 1960s and was first celebrated in Los Angeles in December of 1966.


Selected Books

For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subject: Kwanzaa

Copage, Eric V.
Fruits of the Harvest: Recipes to Celebrate Kwanzaa and Other Holidays
TX715.C7865 2005
Offers more than 125 recipes from people of African descent all over the world.
Harris, Jessica B.
A Kwanzaa Keepsake: Celebrating the Holiday with New Traditions and Feasts
GT4403.H37 1995
Cookbook author Harris begins by focusing on the importance of the seven principles (Nguzo Sabo) of Kwanzaa: Umoja (unity), Kujichagula (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). She then offers menus for each day with recipes.
McNair, Marcia O.
Kwanzaa Crafts: Gifts and Decorations for a Meaningful and Festive Celebration
TT900.K92 M38 1998
Drape your home in the traditional African red, green, and black, and celebrate Kwanzaa with this collection of stories, crafts, poetry, and recipes. It goes day by day, presenting the principles, symbols, and candles for each.
Medearis, Angela Shelf
A Kwanzaa Celebration: Festive Recipes and Homemade Gifts from an African-American Kitchen
TX715 .M483 1995
Medearis leads us through the season, focusing on rituals and history, traditions and lore, and dishes that connect today's African-Americans to the culinary traditions of Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and the American South.
Riley, Dorothy W.
The Complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating Our Cultural Harvest
GT4403 .R56 1995
This comprehensive guide explains the traditional ceremonies, foods, clothing, and history of the holiday.
Williams, Terrie
A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony Through the Seven Living Virtues
BJ1610.W53 2002
"Williams promotes seven Kwanzaa-inspired virtues -- calling, thrift, responsibility, community, love, spirituality and creativity -- as the essential ingredients for balanced living." -- Publishers Weekly.


How to Celebrate the African American Holiday Kwanzaa
(DVD) GT4403.H688 2006x
Outlines the purpose, significance, and elements of Kwanzaa, covering: the symbols of Kwanzaa; the family ingathering; Kwanzaa and African American history; gift-giving; celebrating school achievement; Kwanzaa foods.

Web Sites