The Black Student Union (BSU) of Hartnell College will host the college's 8th annual Kwanzaa celebration on Friday, Dec. 9.
Kwanzaa, which means "first fruits of the harvest," celebrates the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement.
The event - which includes drumming, poetry reading, dancing, singing, other live entertainment, and a wide assortment of food - will be held in the College Center's Steinbeck Hall from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The local community is invited to attend.
General admission is $3; students, $2; children 12 years of age and younger, free.
"The Kwanzaa celebration,"according to Sharolyn Robinson, BSU treasurer, "calls for the gathering of African Americans as well as other cultures to reaffirm the bonds of family and friends." She said the principles of Kwanzaa do not know cultural or ethnic boundaries.
Entertainment will include special performances by Tabia, a theater ensemble; Maiko, a women's drum and poetry ensemble; and Abdulay, a drumming group.
In addition to the celebration on Dec. 9, two free workshops will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8. One workshop - titled "What is Kwanzaa?" -will be held at noon; it will be presented by Frank Snell, Hartnell ethnic studies instructor. The other workshop at 1 p.m. on the Swahili language will be led by Jerome Sindano, an African student at Hartnell. Both workshops will be held in room 116 of the College Center.
The Kwanzaa events are funded by Hartnell College's cultural funding committee.
For more information, call Sharolyn Robinson at (831) 210-5449.