On the first day of Kwanzaa we celebrate the first principle Umoja, meaning Unity. To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race. This is just what the Kwanzaa Crawl was all about, Unity. On December 26, thousands of people gathered together and flooded black-owned businesses. The fourth annual Kwanzaa Crawl consisted of 35 bars throughout Brooklyn and Harlem.
When I received a text from my friend asking if I wanted to join in on the crawl, I said “YES” without hesitation. It was the best experience I’ve ever had. To be able to walk the streets of Brooklyn and turn up with people who look just like you is a different feeling. I felt safe.
When making our decision to chose a route we chose Brooklyn for the Afro-Carribean vibe while Harlem was more for the Migos crowd. Our route included four bars and lets just say by bar number two I was already tired. Turning up with my fellow peers and meeting new people was a vibe that is unmatched. Though we were there to get lit, founders Krystal and Kerry made sure we understood the importance of Kwanzaa. Before the crawl everyone gathered at The Black Lady Theater in Brooklyn to light the Kwanzaa candles and understand the meaning of each principle. While shouting out to our ancestors you could feel the unity in the room. A room full of positive energy and vibes.
I highly recommend the Kwanzaa Bar Crawl to everyone! Lets support our black owned businesses while having a good time.
If you are looking to experience the Kwanzaa Crawl for your self. Tickets for the next Kwanzaa Crawl go on sale on Black Friday, 2020