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The Office of Intercultural Development will hold its annual Kwanzaa celebration 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in the Wilson Room of Pfenning Alumni Center.

Members of the Association of Black Collegians, Brothers of Lafayette, the Nia women’s group, AYA literary magazine, Landis Community Outreach Center, and Intercultural Networking Council, along with Rev. John Colatch, will present and perform at this year’s ceremony.

Kwanzaa is traditionally celebrated from Dec. 26-Jan. 1, with each day focused on Nguzo Saba, or the seven principles. Each group will define one of the principles — unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith — through presentations that will include poetry, singing, and dancing.

“I think it is a beautiful tradition we have created by making Kwanzaa a campus-wide celebration,” says Jadrien Ellison ’02, intercultural development coordinator. “Many people have been introduced to Kwanzaa for the first time at our celebrations. This continues to be our motivation each year: the prospect of enlightening others and building community.”

Those interested in attending the event must RSVP to civil engineering major Ryan Higgs ’06 (Nassau, Bahamas) at or x5819.

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