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APSU invites community to celebrate Kwanzaa

APSU's Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center will celebrate Kwanzaa, Dec. 1-9.

Kwanzaa, an African American holiday normally observed Dec. 26-Jan. 1, is being celebrated early at APSU so that the Center can “better educate students, staff, administrators and faculty about the true meaning of this ‘first fruits' holiday celebration,” according to Dr. Valerie Barnes, director of the AACC.

The Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles) of Kwanzaa are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).

The AACC will be showing the documentary, “The African American Holiday of Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture,” to educate everyone about the holiday at noon, Dec. 1, 3, 6 and 8, and 3 p.m., Dec. 7 and 9.

In addition, the African American Student Association has invited local entrepreneurs to offer advice during the Ujamaa Day panel from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1. The principle of cooperative economics will be honored by focusing on community building through support for local business.

The celebration will culminate with the production, “Kwanzaa: It Takes a Village,” at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2. The play, produced and directed by Andre Minkins of A7AM Productions, Greensboro, N.C., aims to show the spirit of Kwanzaa through its seven principles and help the audience understand no one can succeed alone.

All activities take place in the AACC. For more information, telephone Barnes at (931) 221-7120.
—Rebecca Mackey