Visitors to Brooklyn’s Children Museum celebrate Kwanzaa
CROWNS HEIGHTS, Brooklyn – Tuesday is the second day of Kwanzaa and visitors stopped by Brooklyn’s Children Museum to learn more about the cultural celebration and its impact on the African diaspora.
Children and their families formed an interactive circle during a drum workshop and tapped.
Yao Ababio, the founder and artistic director of the Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation, led the workshop where they all hit the rhythm of the Djembé drums.
“Djembé means ‘bringing people together’ so why not use a better drum to bring people together for this great Kwanzaa celebration? Said Ababio.
Visitors were educated on the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The first day celebrates Umoja, or unity, and the second day celebrates Kujichagulia, which means self-determination.
The weeklong celebration honors African American culture and heritage.
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music also hosted a performance, singing poems by Maya Angelou.
Parents, including Johari Taylor, were happy with the information their children were learning.
“I think it’s good because it sets a really good foundation for what Kwanzaa is for our kids,” Taylor said.
This is the 14th annual holiday celebration for the museum, which tries to organize at least one cultural event per month, according to Miriam Dalaei Fodera, director of experience and engagement.
“This is our community,” said Dalaei Fodera. “We try, through all of our cultural programs, to represent the diversity of Brooklyn, Crown Heights. “
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