Runkoko Rashidi to speak Saturday 

Baton Rouge's Afrocentric Focus Study at the Southern University College of Business will host the 30th Kwanzaa celebration Saturday, Dec. 28 in Southern's  Global Conference Room of T.T. Allain Hall.  The public is invited to attend.

Historian and anthropologist
Runoko Rashidi,Ph.D., will be the guest speaker. His research and books are based on the Global African Presence of Africans outside of Africa before and after enslavement. He has authored or edited more than 18 books on the subject and travels internationally to research and lecture.

 Kwanzaa is the celebration of African-American heritage and culture. It begins Dec. 26 and runs through Jan. 1, with each day dedicated to a special community principle, candle lighting, and gift-giving.

The free celebration begins at 5pm Saturday which is Ujima, the third day of Kwanzaa, whose principle means collective work and responsibility.Other principles are: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith). 

African heritage music, food, clothing, art, books, and gifts will be celebrated and available during the event, said organizers. The event's host, Africentric Focus Study, is a non-profit organization committed to continuing efforts that promote the upliftment of the community.

For more information, call (225) 924-2625


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