Booker Washington Community Center will host the region-wide Kwanzaa event. Kwanzaa 2003 will be presented from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, at the center, 524 Kent St.
Kwanzaa is an African-American tradition created by Dr. Mulana Karenga in 1966. The goal was to bring a renewed understanding of cultural heritage and its importance. Kwanzaa means the first fruits of the harvest. Kwanzaa provides an opportunity to review the productivity and recognition of the goals and objectives of forefathers and leaders of the past, restate the importance of the family and community, give thanks to God, and prepare for the new year and the future.
The Kwanzaa celebration emphasizes seven principles called Nguzo Sabo. Each day a different principle is emphasized. Explanation of the various principles will be explained and explored during the Kwanzaa festival at Booker Washington Center.
The featured artists on Saturday will be Carl Cole, David Stocker, Amos Ellis and the NGoma Dance Troupe. A presentation will be performed for the Booker Washington Center-YMCA Black Achievers program at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18.
Kwanzaa 2003 will feature a diverse marketplace of vendors with African ethnic items and a soul food court.
Kwanzaa is celebrated each year during the seven days between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. The program is free, and the public is invited.