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Kwanzaa Festival

by Afrika Abney (writer), , November 21, 2007

Annual Kwanzaa Festival Returns to Delight the Bronx Community at The Learning Tree (TLT)

The Learning Tree Cultural Center (TLT) will be hosting it's 10th Annual Kwanzaa Festival on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 801 Bartholdi Street, in the Bronx (Entrance on Barnes Avenue) in New York. It will take place from 1-8pm.

The Kwanzaa Festival "honors the traditional values of family, community responsibility, commerce and self-improvement and is based on the African American spiritual festival of Kwanzaa. Through the performance of dance, song, drumming, spoken word and narration, TLT and guest artists and vendors will present a multi-cultural celebration that focuses on Kwanzaa an African-American celebration of culture, family, and community.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children at the door. This event is open to the public. For more information and to inquire about vendor opportunities, contact Joyce Ansari at 718-944-0958.

About The Learning Tree

The Learning Tree Cultural Center (TLT) is a non-profit organization that has been involved in the education and development of young people in the Bronx for thirty years. Each year, TLT strives to provide children with the quality education, resources and guidance needed to become productive members of society. The Learning Tree currently offers elementary education, after school
programming that includes dance, drama, music, cultural and visual arts, entrepreneurship, and computer technology.

For further information about The Learning Tree, visit http://www.learningtreeprep.org

About Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a "unique African American celebration with focus on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. Kwanzaa is neither political nor religious and despite some misconceptions, is not a substitute for Christmas. It is simply a time of reaffirming African-American people, their ancestors and culture. Kwanzaa, which
means "first fruits of the harvest" in the African language Kiswahili, has gained tremendous acceptance. Since its founding in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa has come to be observed by more than 18 million people worldwide, as reported by the New York Times. When establishing Kwanzaa in 1966, Dr. Karenga included an additional "a" to the end of the spelling to reflect the
difference between the African American celebration (kwanzaa) and the Motherland spelling (kwanza).

Kwanzaa is based on the Nguzo Saba (seven guiding principles), one for each day of the observance, and is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st.

Umoja (oo-MO-jah) Unity stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, "I am We," or "I am because We are."

Kujichagulia (koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-yah) Self-Determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.

Ujima (oo-GEE-mah) Collective Work and Responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world.

Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah) Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.

Nia (NEE-yah) Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.

Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.

Imani (ee-MAH-nee) Faith focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous
struggle. "

For further information about Kwanzaa, visit http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org


About the Writer

Afrika Abney is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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