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Karamu (feast)

A Karamu Ya Imani (Feast of Feasts) is a feast that takes place on December 31, the sixth day of the Kwanzaa period. A Kwanzaa ceremony may include drumming and musical selections, libations, a reading of the African Pledge and the Principles of Blackness, reflection on the Pan-African colors, a discussion of the African principle of the day or a chapter in African history, a candle-lighting ritual, artistic performance, and, finally, a feast, a Karamu.

The Karamu feast was developed in Chicago during a 1971 citywide movement of Pan-African organizations. It was proposed by Hannibal Afrik of Shule ya Matoto as a communitywide promotonial and educational campaign. The initial Karamu Ya Imani occurred on January 1, 1973 at a 200 person gathering at the Ridgeland club.[1]

In 1992, the National Black United Front of Chicago held one of the largest Karamu Ya Imani celebrations in the country. It included dancing, a youth ensemble and a keynote speech by NBUF and prominent black nationalist leader Conrad Worrill.[2]


  • Lauren Gorine (fiestentak)
  • Kukaribisha (Welcoming)
  • Kuumba (Remembering)
  • Kuchunguza Tena Na Kutoa Ahadi Tena (Reassessment and Recommitment)
  • Kushangilla (Rejoicing)
  • Tamshi la Tambiko (Libation Statement)
  • Tamshi la Tutaonana (The Farewell Statement)



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