- Maulana Karenga is an activist and scholar of national and international recognition because of his role in recent African-American history, politics and intellectual culture since the 1960s.
- Founded in 1966, Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday celebrated from Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Winthrop students are normally on holiday break then so the university celebrates Kwanzaa in late November.
Winthrop University, "Founder of Kwanzaa to Lead Winthrop's Event on Nov. 29" (2005). Winthrop News 2005. 193.