Orange Coast College's UMOJA program has invited activist and scholar Dr. Maulana Karenga to speak at a Kwanzaa celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the College's Multicultural Center, located in the Global Engagement Center (see map). Dr. Karenga is the creator of Kwanzaa and the writer of the Nguzo Saba (the Seven Principles), and currently is a professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
Kwanzaa is a weeklong secular holiday that celebrates African heritage and identity, and is observed by millions of individuals all over the world. Dr. Karenga is the author of authoritative books on the subject, including "Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture," and he has received numerous awards for this work, which has spanned more than five decades. He currently serves as the national chairman of The Organization Us, a cultural and social change organization that he founded in the 1960s, and the executive director of the Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies, Los Angeles.
Dr. Karenga also serves on the executive council of the national organizing committee for the Million Man March/Day of Absence.
The discussion with Dr. Karenga will be followed by a celebration at 5 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, featuring special performances by the Long Beach African Drum Group and special speaker Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi. A Kwanzaa ceremony and Southern dinner also are planned.
What: Kwanzaa Celebration
When: Wednesday, Dec. 4
12:30 p.m. - Discussion w/ Dr. Maulana Karenga
5 p.m. - Celebration and special performances
Where: Orange Coast College Multicultural Center
2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa
Parking: Park in Adams Lot, Fairview & Adams, Costa Mesa