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2009 Kwanzaa Celebration: ‘Repairing, Renewing the World’

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November 30, 2009

Georgia College will host its 22nd Annual Kwanzaa Celebration to unite people of all heritages and foster community spirit.

The celebration is set for 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 in Magnolia Ballroom.

Performers will entertain and express the seven principles of Kwanzaa known in Swahili as the Nguzo Saba.

“This festive celebration highlights Georgia College’s commitment to people of all heritages and helps foster community-building,” said Annette Johnson, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. “It is a festive and joyous celebration of the goodness and oneness of life, claiming no ties with any religion.”

Kwanzaa is an African holiday that was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga. It is celebrated annually across the world between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 and is based on agricultural celebrations of Africa called “the first-fruit” celebrations.

The national 2009 theme for Kwanzaa is “Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: "Repairing and Renewing the World.”

Each day of Kwanzaa highlights a principle from the Nguzo Saba that which include Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self Determination), Ujima (Collective work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).

“The principles, practice and symbols are designed to help strengthen the collective self concept for people who want to honor their past, critically evaluate their present and commit themselves to a greater and more productive future,” said Johnson who has helped organize the Georgia College celebration the past nine years.

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity will accept non-perishable can goods to help support the GIVE Center and other local food pantries.

Call the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at (478) 445-4233.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.