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Posted on: December 21, 2021

Alderwoman At-Large Kesha Gibson-Carter presents Savannah’s 2nd annual Kwanzaa Krawl

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Alderwoman At-Large Kesha Gibson-Carter presents Savannah’s 2nd annual Kwanzaa Krawl & 38th annual citywide celebration

SAVANNAH (Dec. 21) – Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter will present the 2nd annual Kwanzaa Krawl, taking place at various restaurants throughout the City starting from Dec. 26 through Jan 1. This weeklong event will showcase Black-owned restaurants, local artists, and vendors who help make the Savannah Black American culture one-of-a-kind.

Alderwoman Gibson-Carter is proud to bring Kwanzaa Krawl back to the City of Savannah for the second time. This year’s celebration marks the 38th citywide observance of the nonreligious holiday. The 7-night event is a revival of sorts. Each night, a restaurant will serve as the host site; while a selection of local elected leaders will be on-site to greet and engage guests.

In addition, local historians and speakers will provide commentary for each principle. The goal of this celebration is to unite the community, increase economic opportunity for Black-owned restaurants, showcase artists, and support local non-profit organizations.

Event details are as follows:

All events run nightly from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Sunday, Dec. 26 (Umoja-Unity)
    • Presenter: Dr. Amir Jamal Toure’
    • Hosts: Senator Lester Jackson and Tax Commissioner Sonya Jackson
    • Charity: Alpha Bears
    • Odyssey 2.0, 65 W. Fairmont Ave.
    • 912-777-4033
  • Monday, Dec. 27 (Kujichagulia – Self-determination)
    • Presenter: Lillian Baptiste
    • Host: DA Shalena Cook-Jones
    • Charity: Through It All (TIA)
    • 2 Chefs, 2005-07 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
    • 912-349-7435
  • Tuesday, Dec. 28 (Ujima – Collective Work and Responsibility) 
    • Presenter: Christina Davis
    • Host: Rep. Derek Mallow
    • Charity: F. Callen Boys Club
    • 520 Tavern, 8820 Abercorn St.
    • 912-438-6191
  • Wednesday, Dec. 29 (Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics) 
    • Presenter: Johnny Brown
    • Hosts: Commissioner Tanya Milton &
    • Adot Whitely
    • Charity: Future Minds
    • Kool Vibes, 4501 Montgomery St.
    • 912-499-5665
  • Thursday, Dec. 30 (Nia – Purpose)
    • Presenter: Vaughnette Goode-Walker
    • Host: Judge Tammy Stokes
    • Charity: Save Our Youth Savannah
    • Liquid Cafe, 10201 Abercorn St.
    • 912-777-5663
  • Friday, Dec. 31 (Kuumba – Creativity) 
    • Presenter: Faith Apiap
    • Hosts: Alderwoman Alicia Miller-Blakely
    • Charity: Innercity Night Shelter
    • Kreole Kitchen, 1800 E. Victory Dr.
    • 912-777-5884
  • Saturday, Jan. 1 (Imani – Faith)
    • Presenter: Patt Gunn
    • Host: Dr. Tonia Howard-Hall
    • Charity: Unforgettable Dream Kids
    • Unforgettable Bakery & Deli, 238 Eisenhower Dr.
    • 912- 355-6160

Attendees are asked to follow COVID restrictions and guidelines, as well as participate in onsite testing.

Kwanzaa is a heritage holiday that celebrates peace and unity in the Black American community. The holiday calls for a time to uplift the culture and history as one. Defined by a set of shared beliefs, Kwanzaa can be recognized by everyone from all walks of life.

More than 50 years ago, Kwanzaa was created in response to civil unrest among Black Americans in California. Thus, the goal of the holiday was to bring Black Americans together as a community.

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