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Reservations are being accepted for Lafayette’s annual Kwanzaa dinner celebration, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Bergethon Room of Marquis Hall.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Development and the Association of Black Collegians. To RSVP, call x5819 or email by 5 p.m. today. Vegetarian meal requests will be honored if noted in the RSVP.

The celebration will include dances, poetry readings, and other cultural performances. About 160 people attended last year and up to 250 are expected this time, says student organizer Landon Adams ’02.

“It’s an opportunity at the end of the semester to come together and celebrate the things that we’ve done not just in the past semester, but over the whole year,” he explains. “It helps us to refocus and move forward for the next semester and year.”

Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, an author, activist, and professor and chair of the Department of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach. For more information on Kwanzaa, see

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