Today in 1966: The first Kwanzaa was celebrated in Los Angeles, California. It was conceived and organized in the wake of the Watts riots by Dr. Maulana (Ron) Karenga, a professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach. Kwanzaa is a non-religious African-American holiday focusing on family, community, and culture.
The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. The celebrations are expressed through song, dance, drumming, storytelling, poetry and the lighting of candles in a Kinara, all followed by a large traditional meal. The holiday is observed for seven days, each representing a different principle.
It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
Calling all artists, ice fisherman and other creative minds in the Madison area – construct “Bicicle Shanties” for the Bicicle Shanty Competition held in conjunction with the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships January 9 through the 13th in Badger Prairie Park! The Competition is meant to showcase some good old Wisconsin culture while also providing artful, cozy places for spectators to seek refuge from the elements during the week of races in January. Registration to enter a shanty is free and must be completed by this Friday, December 28th. More info at bicicleshanty.wordpress.com or call Shea at 414-292-6033.
The Parental Stress line helps prevent child abuse by connecting parents who are stressed or feeling alone with volunteers who talk with them by phone. Training is necessary. Call 241-4888, extension 26 for details.
The Wheelchair Recycling Program offers low cost, refurbished mobility and medical equipment to people that may not have the resources to obtain them new. This can include wheelchairs, walkers, bath items, grab bars and other assistive equipment for purchase. There are offices in Madison and the Greater-Milwaukee area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-243-1785 for details.