Luther College invites community to learn about Kwanzaa

Learn about the African-American holiday through dinner program and chapel service

Luther College students and community members will gather to learn about Kwanzaa in two events held on campus Dec. 12-13. Kwanzaa is an African-American cultural holiday that celebrates family, community and culture.

Students will share readings from the Bible and brief quotes from African-American voices in chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. The chapel service will also include a poem by Luther student Zora Hurst and music by the Luther College Jazz Band and the Gospel Choir. Chapel services are open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Luther College Diversity Center will host a Kwanzaa dinner program at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in Peace Dining Room. Tickets are $13.50 for adults, $6 for children, and available at the Diversity Center until Dec. 9.

From 3:30-4 p.m. posters detailing the lives of African-Americans who made significant contributions in politics, arts and sports will be on display in Peace Dining Room as part of the Kwanzaa event.

Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. On each of the seven nights, the family gathers and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder). One of the seven principles of African culture is discussed following each candle lighting. The seven principles include unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

This event is part of a series of experiences that offer students an opportunity to share parts of their own traditions.

For more information on the evening program contact Luther's Diversity Center, (563) 387-1014.

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Two Luther students light the Kinara at last year's Kwanzaa festival