Berkshire Community Kwanzaa Celebration
December 30th, 2010 in Pittsfield, MA
The Women of Color Giving Circle of the Berkshires presents the 5th annual Berkshire Community Kwanzaa Celebration on Thursday, December 30th, from 6pm to 8pm at the American Legion (41 Wendell Ave.) in downtown Pittsfield.
Kwanzaa is a festival that is celebrated annual from December 26 through January 1. An annual celebration of family and community, the name Kwanzaa is a Swahili word for “first fruits”.
The Berkshire Community Kwanzaa Celebration on the 30th is a community celebration open to everyone. The evening will focus on food, singing and ceremony to highlight Nia, the fifth principle of Kwanzaa. Swahili for purpose, Nia is celebrated on this 5th day of Kwanzaa. According to Kwanzaa founder Dr. Maulana Kerenga, on this day “we focus on ways to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.”
Local member of the Grammy Award-winning African-American women’s a capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, Evelyn Harris, will be performing during the celebration.
The fifth annual Berkshire Kwanzaa Celebration is cosponsored by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development. Tickets will be sold at the door (>$). For more information, contact Nakeida Bethel-Smith at 464-7307.