Mary Baldwin University will celebrate Kwanzaa January 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. Sponsoring the free, public event is the college’s Ida B. Wells Society in cooperation with the Office of African American and Multicultural Affairs.
In keeping with Kwanzaa tradition, children and elders are especially welcome. African Americans are encouraged to wear African traditional dress to make the occasion more festive. Red, black, and green are the colors chiefly associated with Kwanzaa.
Through various art forms, Mary Baldwin first year students will present the Nguzu Saba, or 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. The event has become a special rite of passage ceremony for first year students and is given in honor of freshmen and graduating seniors.