ABOUT KWANZAA CRAWL
Kwanzaa Crawl is a one-day event that brings people of the African diaspora together to support Black owned businesses in their communities. Heading into our 3rd annual year, we have hosted over 4,000 crawlers. We’ve expanded from 17 black-owned businesses in Brooklyn in our inaugural year to over 25 businesses in Brooklyn and Harlem, last year, cumulatively raising over $160,000 for these businesses.
Created by Sisters
Kerry Coddett & Krystal Stark
The event is an extension of their organization Operation Mobilize, a community-based resource for people of color providing actionable strategies to counter the political and economic effects of systemic oppression.
Operating under the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the aim of Kwanzaa Crawl is to harness Black buying power, establish best practices for supporting the local black economy and bring awareness to Black owned businesses. The result is an unforgettable event that promotes unity within our community and demonstrates our power as a collective unit.
Kwanzaa Crawl Embodies All 7 Principles of Kwanzaa
The Largest One-Day Celebration of Kwanzaa
UMOJA | Unity
Kwanzaa Crawl is about bringing people in the community together.
KUJICHAGULIA | Self Determination & UJIMA | Collective Work and Responsibility
A team of Black and brown creatives use the resources available to them in order to make an event of this scale happen.
UJAMAA | Cooperative Economics
Kwanzaa Crawl creates an opportunity for black people to harness their buying power.
KUUMBA | Creativity
The planning, marketing, writing, and designing demonstrates creativity.
NIA | Purpose
Creating an event which focuses on investing in your community to improve your quality of life is purpose
IMANI | Faith