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Kwanzaa activities planned

12/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

GREATER AKRON — The Akron African-American Cultural Association is sponsoring a number of events to celebrate Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration of family, community and culture in the African-American community, is celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. The activities around the event focus on seven core principles aimed at reconnecting African Americans with their African culture and historical heritage, according to the association.

Presented for more than 20 years, the Kwanzaa events are hosted by various entities presenting speakers and activities focused on one of the seven principles, as well as light refreshments. All events are free and open to the public, and details are available by calling the contact persons listed.

The seven scheduled events include:

  • Umoja (Unity), Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. at Vernon Odom Branch Library, 600 Vernon Odom Blvd., hosted by the Akron African United Front. For details, contact Dadisi Jinimizi at 330-867-5122 or Kwesi Brown at 330-434-1240;
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Dec. 27 at 6 p.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 442 Bell St., hosted by the church. For details, contact Kwame Williams at 330-338-1085;
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. at Alpha Phi Alpha Center, 662 Wolf Ledges, hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc./Project Ujima/Ripples and W.A.V.E.S. For details, contact Tony Brown at 330-252-0214 or Kwa Hill at 330-322-9630;
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Helen Arnold Community Learning Center, 450 Vernon Odom Blvd., hosted by 100 Black Men. For details, contact Paul or Heather Green at 330-958-2706;
  • Nia (Purpose), Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 1310 Superior Ave., hosted by Buchtel Community Learning Center Class of 2014 and the church. For details, contact Danmark Cunningham at 330-431-7917;
  • Kuumba (Creativity), Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. at Weathervane Playhouse, 1301 Weathervane Lane, hosted by Weathervane Playhouse and the Akron/Canton Chapter National Association of Black Social Workers. For details, contact Jennifer Kay Jeter at 330-812-0101; and
  • Imani (Faith), Jan. 1, with participants asked to celebrate at home with family.

— By Maria Lindsay

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