Buffalo's Kwanzaa celebration moves to new home

Dec 28, 2018

Buffalo's annual Kwanzaa celebration moves to a new location Friday night. The third night - "Ujima," Collective Work and Responsibility - shifts to Ujima Theater in the former School 77 at 429 Plymouth Ave., the theater company's new home.

The plan is for an evening of arts, entertainment and cultural activism in the new base for PUSH Buffalo.

Kwanzaa Committee Member Venetta Tashika Rhodes-Osi saidpolitical figures often show up on the Ujima evening.

"We get visited by the mayor. If somebody plans on running for something or has a cause and they'd like contact with our community, they come out to Kwanzaa," Rhodes-Osi said, "and they may actually say a few words or share something or anything like that. Kwanzaa does not politically endorse anyone, but we do endorse community."

On Saturday, Kwanzaa moves to the Williams-Emslie YMCA for a Children's Kwanzaa starting at 9:30 a.m., while the family event starts at 11 a.m. at East High School for the fourth day, "Ujamaa," Cooperative Economics. The day will be complete with a 7 p.m. session at East High.