University to Host Kwanzaa Dinner
November 22, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – On Thursday, Dec. 1, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
will host a dinner celebrating Kwanzaa. The event, which is free and open to Illinois
Wesleyan students, faculty and staff, will be held at 6 p.m. in the Davidson Room
of the Memorial Center (104 University St., Bloomington). No reservations are required.
Kwanzaa is an African-American and Pan-African holiday celebrated from December 26
to January 1. With origins in the first harvest celebrations of Africa, the name Kwanzaa
is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kanza,” which means “first fruits” in Swahili,
the most widely spoken African language.
Kwanzaa celebrates family, community and culture through what are called “The Seven
Principles of Kwanzaa” or “Nguzo Saba.” These principles are: umoja (unity), kujichagulia
(self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative
economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity) and imani (faith).
For additional information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at
Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181, firstname.lastname@example.org