Oroville Kwanzaa feast tonight

Oroville >> The African American Family & Cultural Center will host its Kwanzaa feast 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight.

The center will continue to host an event every day of Kwanzaa, Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, with live music, dancing, poetry, a drama presentation by Each 1 Teach 1 Youth, keynote speakers, candle lighting, community reflection and refreshments at 3300 Spencer Ave.

This is the 50th anniversary of the holiday, which reinforces African-American culture and values of family and community. It was formed in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga.

The sixth day of Kwanzaa focuses on kuumba, or creativity, one of Nguzo Saba, or The Seven Principles, of the holiday. The center hosts the Kwanzaa feast, called karamu, that night.

On Jan. 1, the final day of Kwanzaa, the celebration will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The last day is reserved for self-reflection, meditation and remembrance. That’s when the center has its libation ceremony recognizing ancestors.

“I think Kwanzaa puts hope in people that we can have better,” said Cissy Smith, the center’s arts and literature coordinator. “We can strive together for better.”

Contact reporter Ashiah Scharaga at 896-7768.

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