Kwanzaa Celebration 2022

Pasadena Public Library and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Pasadena Alumnae Chapter Presents:

Virtual Kwanzaa Celebration 2022

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Here are images and this year’s program.

Introduction and Library Greetings: Jane Gov, Senior Librarian, Pasadena Public Library

Kuraribisha (Welcome): TyAnne Evans, President, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (PAC)

Recognition of Dignitaries: Esther Sherrod Watkins, PAC Kwanzaa Committee Chair                     

Opening Prayer:  Michele Bagneris, PAC Chaplain

Lift Every Voice and Sing (Black National Anthem):  Retha DeJohnette, PAC Member

Ceremony: Thanayi A. Karenga, Principal, Limbiko Tembo School of African American Culture (Us), and Malaika Tawasufi, Executive Board Member, African American Cultural Center (Us)

Kushangilia (Rejoicing)

Pouring of Libation (Tambiko)

Calling of the Ancestors

Habari gani or What’s the News? The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa: Presented by PAC Deltas: Cheryl Moody, Yvonne Brown, Latasha Jamal, DeShawn Samad, Dana Webster, and Vernetta Griffin.

Musical Performance:  Isabella Jones, 3rd grade, Clairbourn School performing a piano selection Good King Wenceslas

Musical Performance:  Delta Aeriel Scott, singer- songwriter/producer, solo Stand Up by Cynthia Erivio

Storyteller: Crystel Patterson, A Delta Children’s Author, Sacramento, CA (

Musical Performance: Brother Yusef

Candle Lighting Ceremony: (Lifting up the Light that Lasts) Thanayi A. Karenga and Malaika Tawasufi, Executive Board Member, African American Cultural Center (US)

Books as Kwanzaa Zawadi gifts) to a school: Presented by Pasadena Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Invitation to the Karumu feast with your families and friends at home

Final announcements: Free Kwanzaa craft kits and coloring pages at La Pintoresca Branch Library (1355 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103


Special thanks to our local representatives and supporters:

  • Mayor Victor Gordo
  • Congressmember Judy Chu
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • Assemblymember Chris Holden
  • Supervisor Kathryn Barger
  • Councilmember Tyron Hampton
  • Vice Mayor Felicia Williams
  • and all of you!


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