Watch African-American Museum Kwanzaa keynotes of kujichagulia, ujamaa and nia principles

By ONME News Review

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 yea

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 one of the above 2021 Kwanzaa event video includes Kujichagulia keynote speaker, Chris Finley; Ujamaa keynote speaker, Mitchell Shaw and Nia keynote speaker, The Honorable Kimberly Tapscott-Munson.

Viewers can watch the Kwanzaa review programming throughout January on the ONME Network via TV, on CMAC channels Comcast Channel 99, AT & T Channel 93 and Apple TV.

Chris Finley is a dedicated community activist and advocate who has an engineering degree and architect background; he has been a secondary mathematics educator for over 20 years, serving as valuable role model for Black students.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Mitchell Shaw has called Fresno home for over 30 years. He and his beautiful wife Stephanie have been married for 26 years, have three adult children and two amazing grandchildren.

Mitchell is actively involved in local ministries, non-profit and community organizations. He volunteers as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), is a mental health advocate, and serves on various committees and boards which serve the underserved people of our community.

After spending the past 30 years in a management capacity in the construction industry, it is with great pride that Mitch calls himself a member of the Keller Williams Fresno real estate team.

The AAHCMSJV will hold the daily week-long events in the museum's main gallery, located at 1857 Fulton St., Fresno, CA 93721. Children are welcome, as there are also separate activities for them on some of the days.