48th Annual Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration

Galloway, N.J.- Stockton University will commerate the beginning of Kwanzaa on Friday, Dec. 1 in the Campus Center Event Room. 

The pre-celebration is a tradition that was founded by Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Africana Studies Patricia Reid-Merritt and is sponsored by the student organization Unified Black Student Society (UBSS) and the Africana Studies program. 

Celebrations will begin at 7 p.m. and includes a libation ceremony, outlining the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa during a candle-lighting ceremony and dance performances. The event is free and open to the community. 

Kwanzaa begins on Dec. 26 and will conclude Jan. 1, 2023.

Kwanzaa Creator Urges 'Do Good in the World'

December 8, 2020

Galloway, N.J. – Humans were chosen to bring good into the world, Dr. Mualana Karenga told an online audience at the 45th annual Stockton University Pre-Kwanzaa celebration Dec. 4.

“Use your vocation to bring good into the world,” said Karenga, the creator of Kwanzaa and its Seven Principles, and a professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at California State University-Long Beach. 

He said Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community and culture, and is especially relevant during the current times of pandemic, social unrest, and global warming.

“There are two ways for us, the way of life, or of death. We must always choose life,” Karenga said. “We must get beyond the pandemic to address the other problems facing us.”