Arkansas’s museum of African American history, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, will observe Ujima, the third day of the Kwanzaa holiday from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Friday, December 28.
The principle of Ujima (oo-JEE-mah), which means “collective work & responsibility,” will be celebrated with a performance by Foreign Tongues, a local poetry troupe. Additionally, Foreign Tongues Co-Founder Marquese McFerguson will also discuss the importance of practicing the commitment to active and informed togetherness on matters of common interest as expressed by Ujima.
Stemming from African traditions, Kwanzaa is traditionally observed December 26 – January 1 and has become a staple of promoting unity, community and family. The cultural holiday was created and first celebrated in 1966 by Dr. M. Karenga, professor of African American Studies at California State University at Long Beach.
In central Arkansas, the seven principles of Kwanzaa will be celebrated at various community venues. Each principle will be interpreted through creative expressions such as poetry, live music, and interpretive dance.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage is dedicated to telling the history of African Americans in Arkansas from 1870 to the present especially in the areas of politics, business and the arts. Other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum.