Lowcountry Kwanzaa events

Kwanzaa is an annual pan-African celebration of seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. The holiday was established in 1966.

Scheduled Kwanzaa events for the Lowcountry include the following:

Today: Ujim - Collective Work and Responsibility

A parade of African drummers and dancers will march from Philip Simmons Mall Park to the Julian Devine Center, 1 Cooper St. in Charleston, at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Community members will also gather at the Cannon Street YMCA at from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a Kwanzaa program featuring entertainment, vendors and food.

Sunday: Ujamaa - Cooperative Economics

A program involving African dancing and exercising will be held at the Ferndale Community Center, 1919 Wilson Ave., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday: Nia - Purpose

Families are encouraged to celebrate Kwanzaa in their homes by discussing the holiday's principles and planning for the future.

Tuesday: Kuumba - Creativity

An arts and crafts event for children will be held at the NIA Infant and Toddler Center, 2007 Helm Ave., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Imani - Faith

A remembrance ceremony will be held 1 p.m. at Sankofa Memorial Grounds near Maybank Highway and Folly Road.

A Karumu community feast will also be held at Scott's Grand Hall, 5060 Dorchester Road, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature food, entertainment and vendors. Poets, musicians, singers are invited to perform.

Source: Facebook page for the Lowcountry Kwanzaa Planning Committee

The echo of African drums will reverberate through the peninsula's East Side community today in one of several upcoming Kwanzaa celebrations.

Today's event will take place at Mall Park near America and Columbus streets. A parade of African drummers and dancers will march a half mile to the St. Julian Devine Community Center, where attendees will partake in oratorical and poster contests.

"The purpose is to focus the community on the seven principles of Kwanzaa while teaching our community to share together and to work together," said Elizabeth Castle, one of the annual celebration's organizers. "We hope to bring more unity to our community, not just once a year, but continuously."

The celebration starts at 2 p.m., and is free to the public.