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The annual YS Kwanzaa celebration will be held on Dec. 29. Pictured is the 2014 celebration's display during the Griot Award presentation. (Photo by Basim Blunt)

The annual YS Kwanzaa celebration will be held on Dec. 29. Pictured is the 2014 celebration's display during the Griot Award presentation. (Photo by Basim Blunt)

Annual Kwanzaa celebration slated

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The annual YS Kwanzaa celebration will be held Thursday, Dec. 29, 6–9 p.m., at the Bryan Center. The event will begin with a community potluck, and those attending are asked to bring a dish to share. Festivities will also include African drumming and dancing; a youth talent showcase in 12 and under and teen categories, with prizes awarded in both; line dancing; the “Kids Kuumba Korner,” with arts and crafts; and the presentation of the YS Kwanzaa Griot Award to a special community elder.

Kwanzaa, which honors African heritage in African-American culture, is celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 each year. Created by Dr. Maulana Charring in 1966, Kwanzaa, whose name comes from a Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits,” has seven core principles: Umoja (unity); Kujichagulia (self-determination); Ujima (collective work and responsibility); Ujamaa (cooperative economics); Nia (purpose); Kuumna (creativity) and Imani (faith).

The celebration is free and all are welcome to attend.

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