Posted by Makenzie Sutton (Co-President of AACC) on 2/8/2023 4:00:00 PM
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” -Marcus Garvey
On December 20, 2022, the African American Culture Club hosted a Kwanzaa celebration that featured the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. The African American Culture club had the privilege of learning about the rich history and tradition of Kwanzaa. The African American Culture club acquired knowledge of traditional African dances, African songs, and intensified African drumming. Kwanzaa celebrations often include storytelling, poetry reading, singing, dancing, African drumming, and feasting. The African American Culture club gained an understanding of the seven historic principles of Kwanzaa, which are Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). A member of the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble talked about the creator of Kwanzaa, Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga, and why Kwanzaa is the epitome of African culture and represents unification and solidity in the African American community. A few of the African American Culture Club members had the opportunity to learn some traditional African dances on the auditorium stage as well. The art of choreography and expression through dancing has been in most African tribes for a long period of time. The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble had a large table with seven Kwanzaa candles, decorative food, and a big Kwanzaa flag. This table provided a visual to the audience and represented African heritage and culture.
After the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble finished their performance, all of the African American Culture Club members, faculty, and other Lenape students were able to enjoy a delectable meal in the North Cafe. This meal consisted of mac and cheese, fried chicken, baked ziti, rice, green beans, and much more!