Home | Collections | Projects | Contact Us | Links

Jump to:

Buffalo Regional History Collection

Buffalo Vertical Files

Civil War

Mutlimedia

Churches

Faculty + Student Papers

Magazines + Publications


Organizations

People

Miscellaneous

Buffalo Kwanzaa Celebrations

 

 

Sharon and Kenneth Holley began participating and celebrating the Kwanzaa holiday in the early 1970s.  The Buffalo community celebrated the Kwanzaa holiday at the Watu center on Jefferson Avenue, the Center for Positive Thought on East Utica Street and the African American Cultural Center on Masten Avenue; these were often one-day events.  Sharon and Kenneth attended and even participated in these early celebrations that brought the African American community of Buffalo together through dance, music, poetry and dialog.  It was these first celebrations that the Kwanzaa Committee of Buffalo came into being.  The committee was coordinated by Sharon and Kenneth, from the store Harambee Books and Crafts, which called together the various leaders from the community centers and suggested coordinating the Kwanzaa programs so that there would be no competition for the same day and there would be numerous venues for the public to attend.  Sharon and Kenneth Holley have facilitated and became the co-coordinators for the city-wide Kwanzaa program for over 21 years.  As a result of the Kwanzaa Committee there are now six nights of celebration in several community centers, churches and other institutions throughout the city of Buffalo.  The committee has also produced the journal, fundraising, coordinated the community feast, planned vendor space, did publicity, set-up opening ceremonies and cared for the Kwanzaa symbols and decorations used each year.

Click here for an a brief history on the celebration of Kwanzaa and the index for the collection.

 

Committee Meetings

1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1997

2000
2005
2006

Celebration Programs

1983-1989
1990-1994; 1997
2000-2003; 2005-2007; 2009

Newspaper Articles

Articles from 1980's
Articles from 1990's
Articles from 2000's
Articles that are undated

Photographs

Photos of Dr. Malauna Karenga
Undated Black & White Photos
Undated Colored Photos

Books & Papers

Black Child Journal 1980
Children's Literature
Kwanzaa Cook Book
History of Kwanzaa
African American in New York Life & History - Interview with Mary Crosby Chappelle

Miscellaneous

Holiday Cards / Personal Notes
Honoring Our Youth - 1988
Pamphlets
Presentation Materials - 2006
Songs & Music
"Young Audience Rochester Presents" 1991-1992

 

Home | Collections | Projects | Contact Us | Links