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December 11, 2001

Kwanzaa creator to talk at CSUS

The man credited with creating Kwanzaa, Maulana Karenga, will speak on "Kwanzaa, Peace and Justice in the World: Cultivating and Harvesting the Good" at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16 in the University Union Ballroom at California State University, Sacramento.

Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan African holiday celebrated throughout the world. Karenga, a professor of black studies at CSU Long Beach, will discuss the quest for peace and justice in the world using the Kwanzaa concepts of cultivating, harvesting and sharing good through the practice the Nguzo Saba or the Seven Principles. He defines the principles as unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Karenga is chair of the president's task force on multicultural education and campus diversity at CSU Long Beach. He is the author of several articles and books including Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture and Introduction to Black Studies. He also chairs The Organization Us and the National Association of Kawaida Organizations. He is the executive director of the African American Cultural Center and the Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies in Los Angeles.

His lecture is sponsored by the Sacramento African Cultural Center and the Northern California Kwanzaa Planning Committee.

Tickets are $20 general and $15 for students and are available at The Beat, 1700 J Street.


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