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Kwanzaa Celebration at Moravian College to feature African Dance

Bethlehem, Pa., November 27, 2007—Moravian College will celebrate the spirit of Kwanzaa with a special program featuring Spektrums Afrikans on Tuesday, December 4 . The College will hold a Kwanzaa ceremony at 6:30 p.m. followed by the dance program at 7 p.m. in the Prosser Auditorium of the Haupert Union Building. Admission is free of charge and the public is welcome to attend.

Spektrums Afrikans is a folkloric historical performing arts company. Their performances include dances such as the Lamban, Sou Nou, and Manjani. These dances are preformed for a variety of reasons in African culture including birth, death, marriage, and competition. The dances originated from the west African nations of  Senegal, Mali, Guine, and Ivory Coast.
In the United States, Kwanzaa is a week-long festival honoring African-American heritage that is observed from December 26 to January 1. Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and pouring of libations, which culminates in a feast and gift-giving. It was created by Ron Karenga, and first celebrated in 1967. Karenga characterizes Kwanzaa as the African-American branch of "first fruits" celebrations of classical African cultures.

For more information contact Sharon Brown, Office of Institutional Diversity at 610-625-7847 or at sab1@moravian.edu.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.