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Enjoy Kwanzaa with the African-American Museum --- online this year instead of in person

Join in the 7-day reflection and celebration at the African-American Museum online

FRESNO, CA--Usually the African-American Historical & Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley (AAHCMSJV) holds a seven-day Kwanzaa celebration at its facility at 6:15 PM daily--it's happened for over the last three decades until COVID-19 interfered. The AAHCMSJV, located in Fresno County, is considered a nonessential business.


The AAHCMSJV facility is temporarily closed due to recent state and county COVID-19 restrictions; the staff and board of directors are transitioning all of their activities to online.


Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast, usually held on the 6th day. Dr. Maulana Karenga introduced the reflective holiday in 1966 to the United States as a ritual to welcome the first harvests to the home. The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning "first fruits."