Mary Baldwin University will celebrate Kwanzaa January 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. Sponsoring the free, public event are the college’s African American orientation classes and the Office of African American Affairs and Cultural Understanding.
In keeping with Kwanzaa tradition, children and elders are especially welcome. African Americans are encouraged to wear Afro-centric apparel to make the occasion more festive. Red, black, and green are the colors chiefly associated with Kwanzaa.
Through various art forms, Mary Baldwin students will present the seven principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. The evening will be filled with feasting, music, dancing, drumming, and storytelling.
Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development, and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A master’s level university, Mary Baldwin offers three undergraduate residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, nonresidential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in more than 30 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teacher licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.