An early Kwanzaa event to teach the traditions of Kwanzaa to the community was once again held at St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church on 195 Maujer.
The first of these yearly events was organized by Crispus Attucks in 1970, shortly after the holiday’s conception by Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga. This year the festivities were emceed by Crispus Attucks’ Saundra Bradford and Church Council President Charles Houston.
Among the celebration’s traditions are a call for unity and honoring those who have passed away by calling out their names. This year Hinton “Sonny” Causey, the emcee of many past Kwanzaas, was acknowledged in this way.
After the traditions of Kwanzaa were addressed, there was singing, a delicious meal, drumming, and sharing of personal histories.