Watch African-American Museum Kuumba Day Celebration recap featuring Central Valley talent

By ONME News Review

Watch on the ONME Podcast Network part two of the Central Valley Kwanzaa reflection celebration featuring Kuumba Day (creativity) at the African American Historical and Cultural Museum (AAHCMSJV) hosted by BreakBox Thought Collective led by executive director, Jamillah Finley.

Jamillah “Lila” Finley oversees BreakBox Thought Collective’s (BBTC) project management and the innovative youth internship programs that produce initiatives, campaigns and trainings for social change. With more than twenty years experience as an educator in the public school system, Jamillah, affectionately known as "Lila" has received many different awards including the Fresno Unified School District Teacher of the Year, Artist in Residence for Fresno County Office of Education, and the African American Heritage Award for Excellence in Education from former State of California Assemblyman, Henry T. Perea. In 2020, the City of Fresno proclaimed February 13 to be BreakBox Thought Collective Day.


The African American Historical and Cultural Museum (AAHCMSJV) of the San Joaquin Valley held Kwanzaa at its facility from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa, bringing in various speakers from the community. Kwanzaa, meaning, "first fruits" allows for participants to acknowledge the fruits of their labor or harvest from the past year, also reviewing what needs to be worked on for the upcoming year.


Kwanzaa is a reflective celebration of African-based principles that originated in the United States in 1966 by founder Dr. Maulana Karenga; it is a celebration of community, family and culture, established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their roots and heritage. The Nguzo Saba, Kwanzaa’s seven principles, include – Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith).


Part two of the above 2021 Kwanzaa event video features local, Central Valley talent to celebrate Kuumbaa Day, hosted by The BreakBox Thought Collective.


Viewers can watch the Kuumba Kwanzaa review programming part 2 throughout January on the ONME Network via Roku, Amazon Fire TV and via televisions on CMAC channels Comcast Channel 99, AT & T Channel 93 and Apple TV starting Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.