1st Annual Pre-Kwanzaa Ujamaa Festival

Get in the holiday spirit at the 1st Annual Pre-Kwanzaa Ujamaa Festival. Ujamaa means “cooperative economics” (the concept celebrated on the fourth day of Kwanzaa) — that is, that’s what it usually means. Today it means “fun.” The Almeda Corridor (Almeda Street from Wheeler Avenue to Southmore Boulevard) will be transformed into an open-air market with lots of entertainment, including live performances by Kuumba House Dance Theatre, Toni Henry, Phil Blackmon and DYoung Artist, among others. And dozens of local businesses and vendors will be hawking their wares, among them Culinary Kreations, Sip and Surf, D&B African Village Art, and Zayd’s Naturally Natural Hair Studio. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Almeda Street at Wheeler Avenue. For information, call 713-521-0629 or visit www.shape.org. Free.
Sat., Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2007
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