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Kwanzaa is an African-American community-based celebration created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, which is celebrated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. The celebration pays tribute to seven principles--Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamma (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith)--one of which is celebrated on each day of Kwanzaa. You can join the African American Dance Ensemble Jan. 1 for the 16th Annual KwanzaaFest celebration at the St. Joseph's Performance Hall in the Hayti Heritage Center. The day will be filled will cultural activities, beginning at noon with an African-style marketplace, followed by poetry and dance performances, and gospel music. Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Company will close the day with their inimitable African-based rhythms and dance styles. The event is free and open to the public. Call 560-2729 or visit africanamericandanceensemble.org for details.

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