Local events scheduled for Kwanzaa include:
- #KwanzaaEve at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25, at the University of the Virgin Islands to watch The Black Candle film on Kwanzaa by M. K. Asante, Jr.
Local Kwanzaa Gatherings (Dec. 26 – Jan. 1)
-26th: 2 p.m. at Franklin Powell Park, St. John | Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. – Sigma Theta Omega Chapter (only event not on St. Thomas)
-26th: 6 p.m. at Wesley Methodist Church Educational Complex in Tutu (East), St. Thomas | African Diaspora Youth Development Foundation Inc.
-27th: 6 p.m. at Arian’s Restaurant (Subbase)
-28th: 6:30 p.m. in Tillett Gardens | Lovelivinvi: music, poetry, live performances and more
-22nd / 29th: Radio Shows (WSTA 2-4 p.m., WUVI at 5 p.m.)
-30th: at UVI Track* discussions about an outdoor youth race in the afternoon, but not confirmed
-31st: at Brewers Beach Community Yoga (sunrise/sunset)
-1st: at Brewers Beach (midday/early afternoon to sundown)
Details, pictures and video will be updated on: http://www.daramonifah.com/2018/12/12/kwanzaa-eve-usvi-2018/
Also, follow the KWANZAA365 Facebook page and 2018 Facebook Event.
Contact DaraMonifah Cooper, managing/founding director of KWANZAA365 & the Sankofa Saturdays Youth Cultural Education Initiative
KWANZAA365: Not just a Holiday; Nguzo Saba as a Way of Life!
Collectively reuniting the village for our global best interest… individuals, agencies and organizations through community event organizing, media relations and youth outreach through Sankofa Saturdays Youth Cultural Education Initiative.
Passing on the torch of culture bearing and preserving (traditions and values) through experiences in the arts, cultural education and community service.
Help us help the youth of the Virgin Islands remember and respect themselves and their community through Cultural Education!
Today’s Youth Radio Show dialogue consisted of unscripted/behind the scenes dialogue from the students. This allowed them to basically just hang out with each other online in the privacy of our weekly village environment here at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) WUVI Student Radio Station… while being live on air. 🙂
Naim, Majestik, Kelley and Nykel spoke about their latest experiences this week at the 24th Annual St. John Folklife Festival at the Annaberg Ruins where Majestik performed with her school choir and Naim went on her own as an observer. Nykel shared just a little about his experience preparing for the Junior Calypso competition which takes place annually during our Carnival season. Benjamin worked silently in the background on learning Adobe Audition to edit the interview of Carib Tribe hosted by Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina on VICCC365 (the UVI Virgin Islands and Caribbean Culture Center radio show).
This week’s show is entirely unscripted so hear first hand, from the mouths of babes themselves, how the students communicate with each other, what they feel about out-of-school activities which are teaching them so much… without the need of textbooks, classrooms and buildings.
Skills worked on included research (online), presentation skills, code switching, the realities of youth peer pressure, recalling information for sharing, summarization, collaboration, team building, taking turns, culture, history, reading comprehension, interpersonal communication, and more.
Some of the topics included the V.I. National Park 24th Annual Folk-Life Festival, Addelita Cancryn Jr. High School’s New Saturday Swimming class and preparation for this upcoming VI Carnival‘s Junior Calypso Tent.
Links to Topics Discussed:
- V.I. National Park 24th Annual Folk-Life Festival Press Release from the VI Source Story
“In celebration of Black History Month, Virgin Islands National Park and the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park have partnered to present the 24th Annual Folk-Life Festival. The festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 26 and 27, at the Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins on St John.
The theme for this year’s program is “Keeping It Alive.” The intention is that the festival gives students an opportunity to learn about their rich cultural heritage and inspires an appreciation for their culture. It is the hope of the National Park rangers that by attending or participating in the festival, a spark will be lit in some students and create the next generation of culture bearers.”
“Hundreds of school children and a large contingent of tourists filled Annaberg Plantation on Thursday as the V.I. National Park kicked off its 24th annual Folklife Festival.”
- Addelita Cancryn Jr. High School’s New Saturday Swimming class
Addelita Cancryn Jr. High School’s Rising Pheonix Saturday Swim Class Coordinators Proudly Brag about Day 1 on Brewers Beach
“V.I. Carnival dates are April 4th to May 2nd, 2015. It will be “Culture to the extreme, V.I. Carnival 2015.”
- Pictures from Saturday swimming class
Starting Tonight: UVI SGA “Black” Heritage Committee Black History Month Documentary Nights with the Pan African Support Group & Sankofa Saturdays 6-9pm FRIDAYS Feb 13, 28 & November 27 at UVI Chase Auditorium Call 3406931081 for info
Films & Presentations:
– 500 Years Later
– Hidden Colors
& a VI History PowerPoint Presentation (in three parts) by the Pan African Support Group
Discussion will be recorded and shared during the weekly radio program 4-6pm on http://www.WUVI.am here on Saturdays following the documentaries. Audio will also be available on our SoundCloud.com/SankofaSaturdays site.
For more info or to have a flyer emailed to you…
Saturday, Dec 20th 9-11pm Strength to Strength on WSTA Radio 1340 AM http://www.wsta.com (Passed: Stay Tuned for archived photos, videos and audio from the radio interview.)
Monday, Dec 22nd 11:00am Kwanzaa Presentation at Bertha C. Bochulte Jr. High School
Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 12-1pm Out to Lunch Radio Program with Tommy Boatwright on AM 1000
Thursday, Dec 25, 2014 – Kwanzaa Eve Sunset until; Hanging of Kwanzaa Banner at Fort Christian/Emancipation Garden and Screening of The Black Candle – A Kwanzaa story
Pay it Forward – Kwanzaa Zawadi Exchange: Making commitments to do for others during the week of Kwanzaa as a random act of kindness
Friday, Dec 26 – Umoja (UNITY) – 6 p.m. St. John Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Franklin Powell Ballpark – 7 p.m., Wesley Methodist Church in Tutu. African Diaspora Youth Development Foundation presents their annual Kwanzaa Program with music by Echo People, Guest Speakers, African Marketplace, good food and Kwanzaa activities.
Saturday, Dec 27 – Kujichagulia (SELF-DETERMINATION)
– 5 – 6 p.m.; Kwanzaa Education & Music Radio Program on WUVI AM 1090, presented by KWANZAA365 and Sankofa Saturdays Youth Cultural Education Initiative.
– 6:30 p.m.; Arian’s Restaurant. Pan-Afrikan Support Group and Environmental Rangers present their annual Kwanzaa Gathering and Educational Program.
Sunday, Dec 28 – Ujima (COLLECTIVE WORK & RESPONSIBILITY) – 10 a.m.; We Grow Food Farmer’s Market at the Bordeaux Farmers & Agricultural Grounds. A Kwanzaa program will start at 2 p.m. highlighting the principle of Ujima with poetry, youth activities, music and other cultural education and entertainment. Farmers produce, arts, crafts, wholesome meals and refreshments will be available in the African Marketplace.
-4:30 p.m.; The annual Kwanzaa Run & Walk will take place starting and finishing on the UVI soccer/baseball field. One can run 7 km (4.3 miles) on the road to/from the Airport or walk or run a two mile course. They hope to offer caps to the first 30 registrants. Contact Roy Watlington for details: 777-8183
Monday, Dec 29 – Ujamaa (COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS)
Tuesday, Dec 30 – Nia (PURPOSE)
Wednesday, Dec 31 – Kuumba (CREATIVITY) – Sunrise/Sunset; The Blake Family hosts sunrise and sunset Hatha Yoga at Brewers Beach.
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 – Imani (FAITH) – Midday/Early Afternoon; United Communities Kwanzaa Potluck at Brewers Beach. Bring a natural dish or seasonal refreshment and a cultural or literary gift for the Kwanzaa Zawadi Exchange.
#KWANZAA365 More than just a Holiday; Nguzo Saba as a Way of Life!
Sankofa (main symbol seen as our logo to the left) can mean either the word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to “go back and take” (san=return, ko=go, fa= take) or the Adinkra symbols seen as our logo(s). It symbolizes one taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress through the benevolent use of knowledge.
Using the radio and internet airwaves, we continue “Passing on the torch of culture bearing and preserving (traditions and values) through documenting experiences in the arts, cultural education, and community service.”
What is the Sankofa Saturdays Youth Radio Program?
A weekly LIVE youth radio program sharing music, history, local artists, cultural and arts events often co-hosted by youth with the intention of teaching youth radio production as a means of public service through advertising, marketing and promoting digital e-learning. Co-hosted by students from Sankofa Saturdays as well as the Environmental Rangers LIVE in our WUVI Studio here at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Passing on the torch of culture bearing and preserving (traditions and values) through documenting experiences in the arts, cultural education, and community service.
On this edition of Sankofa Saturdays Youth Radio Show… We always play our theme song, ‘We are the Children of the Future,” by local musicians A.R. and Ganjanero along with songs from Reginald Cyntje, Bambu Station, Pressure, Prince Short Shirt and Niyorah.
We shared our VI Historical/Cultural Calendar’s “On this Day in VI History about November 8th, 1907: Banker, businessman, and politician Ralph Moses Paiewonsky. We explained our perspectives of Human Rights Article #8 “Your human rights are protected by law,” from the International Declaration of Human Rights (www.youthforhumanrights.org). After listening to more music by local artists including jazz from Reginald Cyntje’s albums; LOVE, Freedom’s Children: The Celebration and Elements of Life, we did our Virtues Project Pick of the Week: Unity (November 9 – November 15, 2014) –
I am thankful for the gift of Unity. It makes me an instrument of peace.. We also shared the folktale, “Tukuma and the Sugar Cane.”
Coming Up Next Week we’ll share a VI Historical/Cultural Calendar’s On this Day in VI History about November 15, 1949: Senator Lorraine L. Berry, Human Right #15 the right to a nationality and Virtues Project Pick of the Week: Thankfulness for November 16, 2014 to November 23, 2014. We will also share the folktale, “Broo Nansi and Broo Tiger.”
A United Virgin Islands Cultural Education Initiative for the youth, by the youth and about youth with related topics(often brought to us by KWANZAA365, the UVI Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center as well as the Department of Education’s Division of Cultural Education).
For more info…
During the live program:
- TuneIn here: http://tinyurl.com/TuneIn2SankofaSaturdays
- Radio Show Call-in: 340-693-1670
- Listen online:wuvi.uvi.edu
- Watch on http://www.facebook.com/wuviradio.vi
November 8th Radio Program Links: