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Valley celebrates first day of Kwanzaa

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The week long celebration of Kwanzaa continues in the Valley.

New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown recognized the first day of Kwanzaa with a ceremony of music and dance.

The purpose of the holiday is to reflect and celebrate family, community and culture.

"It is a celebration of the history, heritage and culture of African American people," said Coordinator Lynnette "Kimako" Miller. "Each year we reflect on those things we did that are victories (that) we can glorify and celebrate and we reflect on the things that we can do to improve ourselves and our nation, our community."

Although Kwanzaa is celebrated primarily by the African American community each day of Kwanzaa represents a principal many already believe they should live by.

Such as  "umoja" the Swahili word for "unity" which is celebrated on the first day.

"When we as an African American community are united in pursuing our goals it strengthens the whole community," said Rev. Kenneth Simon with the New Bethel Baptist Church. "It's not promoting separatism, it's promoting each community, each culture, each race of people coming together to build and strengthen community for the good of all."

And while Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday, not even 50 years-old, the celebration is based on tradition and symbolism.

The lighting of a single black candle signifies unity on the first day.

A fruit basket is symbolic of the harvest.

"The fruit basket is symbolic of the harvest, collective harvest whether its a successful child going to school, achieving, business opening what have you," Instructor with the Harambee Youth Organization Kenneth King.

Activities to celebrate Kwanzaa will take place through out the week. Below is a list of activities:

 

Umoja – (Unity)

Thursday, December 26, 2013, 5:30 PM

New Bethel Baptist Church – Rev. Kenneth L. Simon, Pastor

1507 Hillman Street, Youngstown, Ohio

Music, Dancing, Cultural Expression

Featuring: The Harambee Youth Organization & the Karamu

(Community Feast- Bring a Covered Dish and Eat at the Community Table)

African-American Vendors...

Sponsored by: The Harambee Coalition

 

Ujima – (Collective Work and Responsibility)

Saturday, December 28, 2013 4:00 PM

Beulah Baptist Church

570 Sherwood, Youngstown, Ohio

Gospel Celebration, Liturgical Dancing, Panamime and Cultural Celebration

Refreshments served

 

Ujamaa – (Cooperative Economics)

 

Sunday, December 29, 2013, 4:00 PM

Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church – Rev. Lewis W. Macklin, II, Pastor

505 Parkcliff Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio

Featuring: Ministerial Interpretations of the Nguzo Saba (the Seven Principles)

Music, Choirs, and Cultural Expression

Sponsored by: Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church

 

Nia – (Purpose)

Monday, December 30, 2013, 6:00 PM

Mt. Sinai Baptist Church – Rev. George Hattie Alice Wilkins

328 S. Forest, Youngstown, Ohio

Cultural Celebration, Gospel Celebration, and Panamime

Refreshments served

 

Nia - (Purpose)

 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 10:00 AM

Community Emancipation Proclamation Services

Price Memorial AME Zion Church - Rev. William King

920 Dryden Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio

Theme: "FREEDOM: Freedom From - Freedom To"

Refreshments served

 

 

 

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