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Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

Downtown Park & Cary Arts Center
Cary Arts Center Friday, December 27th 11am Free & open to the public

Don"t miss the 25th Annual Cary Kwanzaa Celebration! Cary Kwanzaa is a communal, cultural celebration that honors African-American people and their heritage.

This year, we welcome to the festival Dr. Maulana Karenga. Dr. Karenga is the creator of the pan-African cultural holiday Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles) and author of the authoritative text titled Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture.

Dr. Karenga is currently serving as professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach. An activist-scholar, he is chair of the organization Us and the National Association of Kawaida Organizations; and Executive director of the African American Cultural Center and the Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies; and co-chair of the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance, BCCLA

Scheduled Performers:

11:30 a.m.  The Magic of African Rhythm

12:25 p.m.  Collage Dance Company

2:35 p.m.    African American Dance Ensemble

3:30 p.m.    Dr. Maulana Karenga

Scheduled Activities:

11:00 a.m.   Vendors Market

11:00 a.m.   Children’s Village

Kwanzaa is a celebration for all people, focusing on family, friends and the fruits of the earth. During Kwanzaa, people are invited to ponder the Nguzo Saba, seven powerful principles derived from African heritage, as a means of taking stock, celebrating achievements and entering the future refreshed and renewed.