Kwanzaa at Luther

This weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a celebration of Kwanzaa here on Luther College’s campus. It was the first time that I’ve ever participated in a Kwanzaa celebration! In fact, beforehand I really didn’t know the first thing about what Kwanzaa was or how one celebrated it.

The event was another one of the really cool events put on by Luther’s Diversity Center. For those of you who don’t know much about the Diversity Center here at Luther, it’s something you really should check out. The Diversity Center here at Luther is a place dedicated to promoting a greater appreciation and understanding of the diversity here on Luther’s campus. Because of this, they are always holding events that a small town, Midwestern kid just wouldn’t have access to otherwise, and they really want everyone to participate. It’s a place where everyone is welcome! It’s just so cool!

The Kwanzaa celebration last night was so much fun! There was a bit of a talent show with people singing, dancing, reading poems and playing music. There was also a huge buffet of delicious foods! It was my first time ever eating goat meat! (I thought that was pretty cool!) There was also a time during the service when the story of Kwanzaa was explained.

Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday that takes place from December 26- January 1. It was established in 1966 during the Black Freedom Movement and is basically a remembrance for African-Americans of where they have been, and a celebration of where they are headed. It’s such a cool holiday! I had so much fun taking part in it! 

Cheers ladies and gents :)

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