Kwanzaa, the annual pan-African celebration of family, community and culture, runs through Jan. 1.

The week-long holiday celebration in Charleston — “Returning to the Roots” — will be marked by several events that advance the seven principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.


2 p.m.: St. Julian Devine Recreation Center will hold a community parade beginning at 2 p.m. at Mall Park. Included are speakers, a fashion show and food.

6 p.m.: An annual multifaceted program will be held at the Cannon Street YMCA. Included are speakers, entertainment and refreshments.

7-9 p.m.: Speakers and refreshments, Kingdom Revelation Worship Center, 279 Orangeburg Road, Summerville.


1-4 p.m.: RBM and Wos’se African Drum and Dance groups present an afternoon of cultural experience at Ferndale Community Center, 1919 Bolton Ave.


4-8 p.m.: Huger’s 587 King St. A reggae band, spoken word and refreshments are included. Donation $5


3-6 p.m.: Master dance and drum classes for beginners at NIA Infant and Toddler Child Development Center, 2007 Helm Ave.


1 p.m.: Remembrance ceremony at Sankofa Memorial Burial Grounds, Maybank and Folly roads.

4-8 p.m.: Entertainment, food and vendors, Ferndale Community Center 1919 Bolton Ave.

Staff report