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Akron events celebrate Kwanzaa

1/2/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

WEST AKRON — The celebration of Kwanzaa took place with special events in Akron Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Kwesi Brown, of Akron, is shown at right during the Dec. 26 celebration of umoja, or unity, at the Vernon Odom Branch Library. The kinara, or candle holder, next to him supports the seven candles that are lit during the weeklong observance.

Kwame Williams, of Akron, is pictured above as he plays the djembe drum.

Among those who attended the first night of Kwanzaa event were, pictured below, from left, Keyon Lee, 10, Koriyea Lee, 8, and Kanye Lee, 10, and, in front, Kaliyauna Lee, 13. The siblings took part in the event with their mother.

Other events took place at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, the Alpha Phi Alpha Center, Helen Arnold Community Learning Center, Centenary United Methodist Church and Weathervane Playhouse. For the final day, Jan. 1, celebrants marked the day at home with family and friends.

Kwanzaa focuses on the seven core principles aimed at reconnecting African Americans with their African culture and historical heritage. Local events were coordinated by the Akron African-American Cultural Association.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Krista Galloway

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