LANSING - Lansing's annual Kwaanza celebration has a new time. The celebration of African-American culture will be taking place Wednesday January 1st from 1-3 p.m at St. Stephen's Community Church in Lansing. The celebration is typically held on December 26th, the first day of Kwaanza, but St. Stephen's church did not have its power restored yet. They moved the date and time to the last day of Kwaanza, January 1st at 6-8pm, but decided to move the time again to accomodate the many fans of the MSU Spartans football team, who will be playing in the Rose Bowl at that time.
All members of the community are invited to attend the celebrations, which includes singing, dancing, and poetry. St. Stephen's Community Church is located at 1007 Kimberly Drive in Lansing.
Kwaanza was started in 1966, by Maulana Karenga, Ph. D., the chairman of the Black Studies Department of California State University. He created Kwanzaa to introduce the values, customs and traditions of Africa and to increase the awareness in African-Americans of their own rich cultural heritage. The celebration includes music, dance, poetry, and feasting on African/African American/Caribbean foods. The holiday also includes the affirmation of seven Kwanzaa principles, and symbols that represent the spirit and meaning of Kwanzaa." The seven principles that are affirmed along with their Swahili terms are unity (Umoja), self-determination (Kujichagulia), collective work and responsibility (Ujima), cooperative economics (Ujamaa), purpose (Nia), creativity (Kuumba) and faith (Imani).