17th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
In-person at MoAD
Dec 27, 2022
10:00 pm
12:00 am
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Join MoAD in celebrating the third day of Kwanzaa, Ujima! In the spirit of collective work and responsibility, enjoy an afternoon of music, poetry, and community celebration.

MoAD is partnering with the Village Project for the 17th annual Kwanzaa celebration throughout San Francisco. The celebration features seven days of community events from December 26th through January 1st, highlighting the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba). On the third day of Kwanzaa, visit MoAD and enjoy an afternoon performance of live harp music by Destiny Muhammad and poetry by Venus Jones, and a brief history of Kwanzaa and the seven principles led by the Village Project.

No food or drink will be served at the event. Masks are required to be worn throughout the museum.

Featured Artists

Destiny Muhammad is a Recording/ Performing Artist | Band Leader | Composer & Producer. Her genre Celtic to Coltrane is cool and eclectic with a feel of Jazz & storytelling to round out the sonic experience. Destiny has curated concerts for Grace Cathedral Christmas Concert Series, SFJAZZ Tribute to Jazz Harp Legend Alice Coltrane, S F Symphony SOUNDBOX Series featured guest for GRAMMY Winner Kanye West ‘Sunday Service’, shared the stage with Jazz Masters Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, Blue Note Artist Ambrose Akisemuire and Azar Lawrence to name a few. She has headlined The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Sunday’s in the Redwoods Concert, Seattle’s Fest Sundiata ButcherTown Jazz Fest. Destiny is The Healdsburg Jazz Festival 2022 Artist in Residence Guest Workshop Presenter for Amateur Music Network. Destiny is Governor Emeritus and Educational Chair Emeritus of the Recording Academy, ASCAP Songwriter Awardee, California Entertainers Music Awards Female Jazz Artist of the Year Winner, SFJAZZ Teaching Artist, Bay Area Jazz and Blues Award Winner (BAJABA) and RaiseKarma Virtual Residency Alum.

Venus Jones is a renaissance woman and the founder and author of She Rose. She promotes empathy through the arts and is known as an on-air personality at WZIP, a public speaking professor at Mission College, an actress, a spoken word poet, workshop facilitator, and a mental health advocate. She has produced an award winning one act play called Race and War (an awkward conversation), a short film highlighting Bay Area artists and activists entitled (R)evolutionary Healing, four spoken word albums, and three books entitled, She Rose, Lyrics for Langston, and Kwanzaa: Living on Principle. Her work has been featured in many anthologies and journals in the United States and abroad, and her Kwanzaa iPhone app of poetic affirmations has been downloaded in over 90 countries. Visit to learn more.

Full Schedule of Kwanzaa Events

Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles (Dec. 26th, 2022 – Jan 1st, 2023)

Monday, Dec. 26th UMOJA (unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

12 pm – City Hall, 1 Dr. Goodlett Way

2 pm – SF Public Library, 1000 Larkin Street

7 pm The Origins Boutique Night Club, 1538 Fillmore; Performance by Tia Carroll

Tuesday, Dec. 27th KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

2 pm – Booker T. Washington Center, 800 Presidio

7 pm - Jones Methodist Church, 1975 Post; Performance by Michael Skinner & band

Wednesday, Dec. 28th UJIMA (collective work and responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and solve them together.

1 pm - MOAD, 685 Mission, performance by Destiny Mohammed & Venus Jones

6 pm -Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410 14th Street, Oakland; performance by Niecey, Living Single & Band

Thursday, Dec 29th UJAMAA (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

2 pm - YMCA & Rafiki Wellness Coalition. Bayview Y, 1601 Lane

7 pm – Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, 650 Capitol Ave; performance, Yolandra Rhodes & Band

Friday, Dec. 30th NIA (purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

1 pm – Potrero Hill Rec Center, 801 Arkansas Street

6 pm - Momagic/AAACC, 762 Fulton; performance by Lady Bianca

Saturday, Dec. 31st KUUMBA (creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

2 pm - St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church, 2565 Post

6 pm – St. John Coltrane Church, Magic Theater 2 Marina Blvd; performance by The John Coltrane Band

Sunday, Jan. 1st IMANI (faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.  

10 am – Bethel AME Church, 916 Laguna

2 pm - Third Baptist, 1399 Pierce

6 pm - St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyons; performance by Terrie Odabi

No food or drink will be served at the event. Masks are required to be worn throughout the museum.

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