PreKwanzaa Celebration

Kwanzaa Candles

Umoja (Unity)

featuring Dr. Elaine Richardson, who will be honoring the late Aretha Franklin with a vocal performance

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Hale Hall | MLK Lounge


PreKwanzaa, a tradition that began 32 years ago at The Ohio State University, was initiated by Dr. Richard “Moriba” Kelsey and the Ohio State Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus. The event was supported by members of Black Studies (African American and African Studies), Nigerian Education, the then Office of Minority Affairs (now the Office of Diversity and Inclusion) and the community as they came together collectively to celebrate the Pan African event created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. Due to the fact that most students would not be on campus during the regular celebration on December 26th through January 1st, PreKwanzaa became an opportunity to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba) on an annual basis through drumming , dance, song, and lecture. There are cultural foods, vendors, and announcements at each year’s celebration, typically held on the evening of the last day of fall classes.

Click here for the official PreKwanzaa site.