Kwanzaa Celebration and Dinner

A student celebrating Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa Celebration

Nov. 30, 2012                   

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— On Thursday, Dec. 6, the campus community is invited to enjoy a dinner celebrating Kwanzaa.  The event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Turfler Room in the Memorial Center (104 University St., Bloomington).  The dinner is hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Black Student Union.  

Celebrated from December 26 to January 1, Kwanzaa is an African-American and Pan-African holiday. 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 (309) 556-3412.

Contact: Katherine Filippo, ’12, (309) 556-3181