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Kwanzaa celebration underway

December 2, 2003

The Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center is hosting a week of activities celebrating Kwanzaa, Dec. 1-6.

Although Kwanzaa officially will be celebrated Dec. 26-Jan. 1, Kenneth Maddox, the Center's interim director, says, “We want to make sure every student has the opportunity to participate in this holiday.”

The University is celebrating Kwanzaa's seven principles with six nights of activities. On Dec. 1, Umoja (Unity) was honored with a “Lunch and Learn” session and a lecture by Dr. Rebera Foston on “The Black Family Unity.”

This week's schedule includes:

Dec. 2—Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
•Noon—Dr. Tanya Price speaks on “The African Drums.”
•6:30 p.m.—BarbaraO speaks on “Creating Spiritual Relationships.”
Dec. 3—Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
•6 p.m.—Special film showing
Dec. 4—Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
•Noon-2 p.m.—African American Business Luncheon
•6:30 p.m.—“Your Future in Dollars and Sense,” featuring James Shelley, of State Farm, and representatives from APSU's Office of Financial Aid.
Dec. 5—Nia (Purpose)
•11 a.m.—A theatrical performance of “Before the People Came” by Jeff “Obafemi” Carr in the Clement Building auditorium.
•6:30 p.m.—Dr. Shawn Pruitt, first African American Students Association president and APSU alum, speaks on “Harvesting the Future—Celebrating the Past.” The evening's entertainment also will feature a Kwanzaa Pageant, an encore performance of “Before the People Came,” and poems and songs by Darnell “Afreka” Simpkins.
Dec. 6—Kuumba (Creativity)
•10 a.m.—“A Free Ka” Community Marketplace will feature local vendors, a children's village, games, crafts, art, storytelling, dance and more at the Armory. Free admission and parking.

Maddox says the celebration will highlight the seventh principle, Imani (Faith), throughout the week.

All activities take place in the Center unless otherwise noted. For more information, telephone Maddox at 7120.
—Rebecca Mackey