Annual Kwanzaa Celebration 2010

Posted on 12/6/2010 4:57:14 PM

IUP’s Kwanzaa Celebration 2010 will take place on Saturday, December 11, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room.

The event will feature Nazu Dance and Drum Ensemble of Baltimore, Maryland, IUP Voices of Joy and Punxsutawney Divine Gospel Choir, several other student performances, and a keynote address by Ms. Tina Williams Brewer, an artist whose work with quilts and fiber arts “conjures up symbolism, folklore, history, spiritualism.” Often her work reveals stories about “universal peace, humanity, and the spirituality of Africa.”

Kwanzaa is an annual African American holiday of family, friends, community, and culture that takes place December 26, 2010, through January 1, 2011. In keeping with the spirit of Kwanzaa, Ms. Breyer’s topic will be “An Inspiration for Success: The Story of African/African American History Through Quilt-Making.” 

In addition to Ms. Brewer’s presentation and the variety of guests and/or performamces at this year’s program, IUP Kwanzaa Celebration 2010 is designed to be a truly enlightening, educational, relaxing, and remembering occasion that will help to prepare one for the days ahead and the new year. The event will include music, laughter, entertainment, lots of food, and a demonstration of the Kwanzaa Ceremony. Guest are asked to bring a covered dish to share as well as a nonperishable food item to donate to a local food bank.

Other events of IUP Kwanzaa Week include a free, special showing of the film Why Did I Get Married Too? It will be shown on Tuesday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the HUB Susquehanna Room and again on Thursday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the HUB Monongahela Room.

Sponsored by the IUP African American Cultural Center and funded by student activities fees and human relations funds, all events of IUP Kwanzaa Celebration are free and open to the public. For further information and to RSVP, please contact the IUP AACC at 724-357-2455.

All are welcome! Remember to feel free to join in the celebration, and bring a food item to share as well as a nonperishable food item to donate to a local Food Bank.