Area Kwanzaa celebrations set

Staff report


A community Kwanzaa celebration is planned at Youngstown churches for the 2013 holiday that begins Dec. 26 and ends Jan. 1.

During Kwanzaa, seven principles that honor African heritage in African-American culture are celebrated.

Four Youngstown churches will each explore one principle of Kwanzaa for the community celebration.

Exploring Umoja, or unity, will be New Bethel Baptist Church,1507 Hillman St. The Rev. Kenneth L. Simon will lead the event at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26 that will include music, dancing and cultural expression. The Harambee Youth Organization and African-American vendors will be featured. A karamu, or community feast, will be served, and guests are asked to take a covered dish to eat at the community table. The New Bethel event is sponsored by The Harambee Coalition.

Ujima, or collective work and responsibility, will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Dec. 28 at Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave. That event will offer a gospel celebration, liturgical dancing, pantomime and a cultural celebration. Refreshments will be served.

Ujamaa, or cooperative economics, will be examined by Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 505 Parkcliff Ave., at 4 p.m. Dec. 29. The Rev. Lewis W. Macklin II will lead. There will be ministerial interpretations of the Nguzo Saba, or seven principles of Kwanzaa, as well as music, choirs and cultural expression.

Finally, Nia, or purpose, will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Dec. 30 at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 328 S. Forest Ave. with the Rev. George Wilkins leading. The church program will feature cultural and gospel celebrations and pantomime. Refreshments will be served.

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