At Afri-Ware in Oak Park, the shop with books and accessories detailing black heritage, owner
Nzingha Amma Nommo
will have a daily answer from 7 to 9 p.m. every night, Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

During the week of Kwanzaa-which is a celebration of culture, not religious belief-Nommo has invited a speaker to address each of the seven Kwanzaa principles:

Friday, Dec. 26: Yoga instructor Yersir Ra Hotep will speak about unity-umija.

Saturday, Dec. 27: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, psychiatrist and
author of The Isis Papers: Keys to the Colors will speak at the Maywood Park District building, at
921 S. 9th Ave. in Maywood about self-determination-kujichagulia.

Sunday, Dec. 28: Frank Cannon, activist, writer and lecturer, will speak about collective work and responsibility-ujima.

Monday, Dec. 29: Nommo will address cooperative economics-ujamaa.

Tuesday, Dec. 30: A speaker to be announced will discuss purpose-nia.

Wednesday, Dec. 31: Atiba Jali, musician and African hand-drumming class instructor at Afri-Ware, will talk about creativity-kuumba

Thursday, Jan. 1: Ako Mutota, an entrepreneur and community advocate, will talk live and direct from Trinidad about faith-imani

Nommo, who has owned this business in Oak Park since 1993, says more people are celebrating the young holiday-Kwanzaa is only 43: The first celebration was in 1966.

“Early on in the more popular celebrations around town, parents would come in to Afri-Ware to announce that it was solely because of their children directly asking about Kwanzaa that they decided to bring this culturally rich holiday to their home,” Nommo said. 

This year, there may be another reason. A link on the new president’s site is titled: Kwanzaa: An African-American Cultural Celebration.

Afri-Ware is at 266 W. Lake in Oak Park. The shop will be open Christmas Day from noon to 4 p.m. Usual shop hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 524-8398,

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