HAMPTON, Va. (December 18, 2018) – The Hampton University Museum held its 25th Annual Holiday and Kwanzaa Marketplace, December 7-8, 2018, where faculty, staff, students and community members could come to celebrate, shop and enjoy the weekend full of festivities.
“Kwanzaa celebrates tradition, African community and culture, as we do at Hampton University. The Hampton University Museum has held this event successfully for 25 years. This event brings the community together. It celebrates the holiday season and the philanthropic component helps women in need,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
The Marketplace took place inside the Museum, where shoppers could purchase holiday and Kwanzaa gifts from the Museum shop, specializing in African and African American gift items. Various vendors were camped out throughout the Museum, offering handcrafted items including jewelry, books, art and more. Community members were encouraged to donate trial size toiletries for women at the Transitions Battered Women’s Shelter.
That night, there was an Evening Celebration which included special holiday music by Hampton City School choirs from Armstrong School for the Arts, the Hampton University Child Development Center and Phoebus High School. There were special holiday activities, including children’s activities, special craft activities, which were sponsored by the Greater Williamsburg Women’s Association (GWWA), snacks, and light refreshments served by the Hampton Chapter of The Links, Inc.
On Saturday, December 8, The Hampton University Museum hosted a special Holiday and Kwanzaa Jazz Brunch and Marketplace where visitors were encouraged to view the permanent galleries, and listen to live jazz. Hampton University students provided entertainment, including spoken word, singing and dance sponsored by the HUM Biggers’ Circle. The brunch included heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages. Visitors could also shop the vendors.
“This event came about because the Museum wanted to do something that talked about Kwanzaa, and really have that spirit of entrepreneurship and service to the community. Kwanzaa is all about handmade gifts and taking away from that commercial aspect of the holidays so we wanted to show and teach the community how to celebrate both. Who better to teach the community than the Hampton University Museum,” said Crystal Johnson, associate curator and director of membership and community programs for the Hampton University Museum.