Barbea Williams moved from Chicago to Tucson in the 1970s. She brought with her the annual tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa, the seven-day holiday uniting families and communities to honor their African culture. Not finding other Black Tucsonans who celebrated Kwanzaa, Barbea’s life calling was born. For the past 50 years, she has shared the message of Kwanzaa, its principles, and festivities throughout Southern Arizona.
Producer: Nina Shelton
Videographer: Nathan Huffman, Robert Lindberg
Editor: Robert Lindberg