The Electoral College of Ordo Templi Orientis USA posted a new Local Body Spotlight on Black Sun Lodge, Valley of Cleveland which discusses their celebration of Kwanazaa. In part it reads:
“I had given the project of a Kwanzaa Ritual a lot of thought before and afterwards. It was actually disheartening to realize, while researching, that the celebration is in a sharp decline amongst African-American communities overall, with the exception of a few major cities. In some of my online communities of African-American Pagans, I would find one or two enthusiastic persons who felt inspired to pick the tradition back up as well. As a whole, however, people have forgotten how hard previous generations fought to see equality finally catch up in the latter half of last century. As if none of the hard-fought liberties could ever go away.
“I found it ironic, given at the time what was about to be in store for our nation, and what we are going through right now and for the foreseeable future.
“Nonetheless, I saw an opportunity to celebrate Kwanzaa’s 50th Anniversary and integrate it into my own practices. I shared my idea with members of Black Sun Lodge, and they encouraged me to share this as a public ritual.”
Read the entire post here: http://ec.oto-usa.org/wp/2017/12/kwanzaa/.
And here’s a link to the offical Kwanzaa website: http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml