Kwanzaa Celebration and Dinner
A student celebrating Kwanzaa
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
Contact: Katherine Filippo, ’12, (309) 556-3181 firstname.lastname@example.org