Annual Kwanzaa celebration slated
- Published: December 19, 2016
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.