Kwanzaa Dinner to Celebrate Holiday Season

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University’s Black Student Union (BSU) will host its annual Kwanzaa dinner on Nov. 30 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Center’s Turfler Room. The event is free and open to the public.

A Registered Student Organization, BSU hosts the Kwanzaa dinner each year to educate attendees about the historic African American holiday. The event celebrates “The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa,” which are self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

“The principles of Kwanzaa can align with everyone’s views, regardless of if they celebrate it or not,” said Kaylan Boyd-Harris ’19, the president of BSU.

The dinner will also feature multiple performances, including a singing performance by BSU, a poetry performance, and a performance from the BCAI School of Arts in Bloomington.

“Everyone can find something in Kwanzaa that they love, and it’s BSU’s job to help people understand the principles and educate them on the importance of Kwanzaa,” Boyd-Harris said.

By Vi Kakares ’20