POSTED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 5:03pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 3:45pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Southern University in conjunction with Africentric Focus/Maat Study Group will host the 23rd Annual Kwanzaa celebrations at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union.
The celebration is free and open to the public.
Wade Nobles, Ph.D, founder and Executive Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family, Life and Culture, Inc., will be the keynote speaker.
Nobles is a professor in the School of Ethnic Studies’ Department of Black Studies at San Francisco State University. He is also the founder and Director of the Center for Applied Cultural Studies and Educational Achievement (CACSEA), a California State University System educational research center dedicated to studying and developing models of culturally consistent educational pedagogy and praxis relative to African-American educational excellence.
Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. The family-centered celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal.
A child from the family lights a candle on a candleholder called a Kinara on each of the seven nights and one of the seven principles, called the Nguzo Saba in Swahili, of the holiday is discussed. The principles are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
Vendors will be available at the celebration offering African Heritage clothing, jewelry, art and books.