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Designed to cultivate an ongoing conversation and movement in our African-American community inspired by African celebrations of heritage, new beginnings, and cultural unity. #KwanzaaLife #KwanzaaEveryday

Sunday, January 1, 2023


Kwanzaa Joy Celebration is an event inspired by African traditions of heritage, new beginnings and cultural unity. Our goal is to educate and empower our children and community by providing an experience in equity and family engagement for the African diaspora living in Pomona Valley, San Gabriel Valley, and Inland Empire. 

Our 3rd Annual Kwanzaa Joy Celebration, taking place at the Farm at Fairplex, will feature an array of gifted speakers, vendors, food, and art. This year’s featured speakers are Dr. Soraya Coley (Cal Poly Pomona University), Sedrik Newbern (Western Kentucky University), Emmett Terrell (University of La Verne), Dr. Shandell Maxwell (Byrd & Maxwell), Dr. Marilyn Grell-Brisk (Pitzer College, UC Irvine), Norman Coulter (6IXTH MAN), Tracy Evanson-Norwood (Healed Women Heal), Dr. Khalif & Vikki Rasshan (African American Museum of Beginnings), and more. Similar to a TED Talk, each speaker shares a personal 15 minute reflection regarding one of the 7 Kwanzaa principles. City of Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval and Councilmember Victor Preciado will be in attendance to read the Kwanzaa proclamation. 

The event will be held on Sunday, January 1, 2023 from 12pm to 5pm at the Farm at Fairplex in Pomona, Ca.

This is an engaging and inspiring event presented by City of Pomona Historic Preservation Commissioner Chara Swodeck in partnership with Fairplex, University of La Verne, City of Pomona, and the African American Advisory Alliance (Pomona4As).

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