PreKwanzaa Celebration

Kwanzaa Candles

32nd PreKwanzaa Celebration

at The Ohio State University

Tradition and Reason – Elder Tony West

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 6:30 pm
Hall Hale | 154 West 12th Ave.

Featuring “Excellences in Student Entertainment”

Presented by: The Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus | Office of Student Life, Multicultural Center | Coca-Cola | Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Hale Black Cultural Center


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.