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Kent State Hosts Community Celebration of Kwanzaa, Dec. 27

Posted Dec. 22, 2010

The Center of Pan-African Culture at Kent State University holds an open community celebration of Kwanzaa on Monday, Dec. 27, at 6 p.m. in the African Community Theatre located in Oscar Ritchie Hall room 230, on Terrace Drive in Kent, Ohio. The program is free and open to the public.

This year marks the 44th anniversary of Kwanzaa, the only non-heroic and non-religious holiday, created, developed and maintained by the African-American community, which is now being celebrated globally. To help celebrate this year’s event, cultural expressions will be provided by Professor and Poet Mwatabu Okantah, Kwame Williams and the Youth Drummers from Akron, Spelman Chapel AME Church Choir of Kent, and Omo Iroko Drum and Dance Society.

The theme for the 2010 celebration is “Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba: An Ethics of Sharing Good in the World.” This program is being held on the second day of Kwanzaa and is dedicated to the second principle of the Nguzo Saba, Kujichagulia (self-determination).

Since this is the only community-wide celebration in Portage County, all participants are asked to bring a wholesome food dish to help us celebrate (please, no pork dishes).

For more information about the program, call Kent State’s Center for Pan-African Culture at 330-672-2300 or 330-672-0151. The coordinators of the event are Dr. Fran Dorsey and Professors Traci Williams and Mwatabu Okantah. Co-sponsors of this event include: Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Akron African American Cultural Association; Akron African United Front; Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies; Spelman AME Chapel; Pan-African Faculty and Staff Association; African Community Theatre; and the Center of Pan-African Culture at Kent State.

For more information on Kent State’s Center of Pan-African Culture, visit

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Media Contacts:
Fran Dorsey,, 330-672-0142
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595