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Kwanzaa Celebration 2011: Beyond Borders, Global Awareness and Cultural Appreciation

Posted on 12/3/2011 11:24:24 AM

Kwanzaa, celebrated December 26, 2011 through January 1, 2012 is an annual African American holiday of family, friends, community, and culture. IUP's celebration in honor of this event occurs on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at 3:30 p.m.

It includes the Kwanzaa Feast (Karamu), student participants, guest speaker Deo Mwano of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and guest performer Ewabo Caribbean Trio. The program provides a unique educational experience, including the presentation of the traditional Kwanzaa ceremony.

Besides Dr. Shirley Johnson of the College of Education, Deo Mwamo, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and former participant of Dancing with the Stars, and Ewabo Caribbean Trio will be instrumental to this year's theme of "Partnering for Our Common Destiny: Beyond Borders, Global Awareness, and Cultural Appreciation."

Mwamo will inspire the audience with not only a few words of wisdom, but also with his "undoubted talent in dance" and with a special piece he will choreograph with IUP African Dance Ensemble. Ewabo Caribbean Trio, whose motto is "One Love," will help to complete the evening by engaging the audience in a vast array of "exceptional musical arrangements of traditional and contemporary calypso, reggae, and Pan Drum music."

The event is free and opened to the public but a covered dish is requested and should be brought to the HUB Ohio Room by 2:00 p.m. on December 10. All are welcome!

Cosponsored by IUP Black Student League, Maat Student Organization President's Council, and STAND (Students Taking Action Now DARFUR). For further information or to RSVP as soon as possible, please contact the AACC at 724-357-2455.