Public Invited to Kwanzaa Celebration at Pennsylvania Capitol

Dec 28, 2010, 17:52 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

Governor's Commission on African American Affairs Honors Leaders

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The public is invited to celebrate African-American culture during the annual Kwanzaa Celebration hosted by the Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs and the PA Council on the Arts.

This year's event will be held at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 29 in the East Wing Rotunda of the state Capitol.

Kwanzaa, started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, is a week-long, African-American observance held from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. It is not a religious tradition, but a cultural one, based on various elements of the first harvest celebrations widely celebrated in Africa. Each day focuses on a different value meant to reinforce family, community and culture.

Because this celebration falls on the fourth day of Kwanzaa, the value of ujamaa — a Swahili word that means cooperative economics— will be observed. Awards will be given to people nominated for exemplifying the value of ujamaa. This year's honorees are Julie Ward, owner of Basic Steps Daycare Center in Harrisburg; Dr. James Henderson, founder and CEO of BVFR & Associates, LLC, a financial services and investment bank with offices in Harrisburg and Baltimore; and Adewole and Bukola Adeniyi, owners of A.C.I. Market in Harrisburg. Diane Crawford, Diversity and Inclusion manager for the Hershey Company, will be the special honoree this year.

There will be African drum and dance, spoken word and singing along with the tradition of lighting the kinara. The event is held to break down cultural barriers and show inclusiveness through this celebration.

Media contact:  Sonya Toler: 717-772-5085

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor