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Center of Pan-African Culture Hosts Kwanzaa Celebration Dec. 27

Posted Dec, 21, 2009

The Center of Pan-African Culture at Kent State University will be holding an open community celebration of Kwanzaa on Sunday, Dec. 27, at 5 p.m. in the African Community Theatre located in the newly renovated Oscar Ritchie Hall, Room 230. Oscar Ritchie Hall is on Terrace Drive in Kent, Ohio.

This year marks the 43rd 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 Stewart Afrocentric Drummers from Akron and percussionist Olu Manns, co-founder of Heartbeat Africa.

The theme for the 2009 celebration is “Principles & Practices of Kwanzaa: Repairing and Renewing the World.” This program is being held on the second day of Kwanzaa and is dedicated to the second principle of the Nguzu Saba, Self-Determination or Kujichagulia.

Since this is the only community-wide celebration in Portage County, all participants are asked to bring a wholesome food dish or dessert to help us celebrate (please, no pork dishes). The program is open to the public and is free of charge. Following the program and dinner service, there will be a documentary shown on the celebration and need for Kwanzaa. In addition, the community is invited to view the new art exhibit in the Uumbaji Gallery titled “African Objects.”

Further information about the program can be obtained by calling the Center of Pan-African Culture at 330-672-2300 or 330-672-0151. The co-chairs for the event are Dr. Fran Dorsey and Professor Traci Williams. Co-sponsors for this event include the following: Akron African American Cultural Association; Upper Room Ministries; Spelman Chapel AME Church; Ravenna Men’s Civic Club; Kent State’s Upward Bound; Kent State’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies; Pan-African Faculty and Staff Association; African Community Theatre; and the Center of Pan-African Culture.

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