Umoja - Oakland Kwanzaa by Wo'se (2011)

Wo'se Community of Amen-Ra hosted the first night of Kwanzaa, themed "Umoja" (unity) on December 26 at the Holy Redeemer Center in Oakland. The event featured dancers, singers, poets, and more.

The Host
Leon Sykes, host of Streets is Talking Radio, hosted Wo'se's Kwanzaa event.

Drum Circle
The drum procession kicked off Kwanzaa.

James Weldon Johnson's Negro National Anthem of "Lift E'ry Voice and Sing" was led by this sistah.

Baba Jahi led the libations.

Fist Up
Spoken word youth group, "Young Gifted & Black" rocked the mic.

Dance Circle
Children from Wo'se's school, Ile Omode, showcased a dance performance.

Harambee Chant
The program ended with a Harambee chant.

Kwanzaa Altar
The Umoja altar at the Holy Redeemer Center for the first night of Kwanzaa in Oakland.

Photos by Reginald James. Wo'se also hosted the first night of Kwanzaa in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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