Sankofa Cultural Collective returns this holiday season with a community-wide Kwanzaa celebration at the Bolton Community Center, located at 315 Bolton Avenue in Alexandria. Held on Saturday, December 26, the event will include music, storytelling, and poetry as well as make-and-take craft activities and local vendors. The family-friendly celebration will be held from 2:00–5:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Kwanzaa (kwahn-za) is a nonreligious, cultural celebration rooted in African traditions. Established in the U.S., by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1965 as a means for African Americans to collectively celebrate family, heritage, community, and culture, the weeklong observance centers around seven core principles—Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work & Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. The name is derived from a Swahili language expression meaning “first fruits of the harvest.” Originated by African Americans, Kwanzaa is celebrated by millions of people in diverse cultures worldwide.
Sankofa Cutural Collective’s mission is to enrich the lives of children, youth, and families in central Louisiana through quality arts, educational, and cultural programming that develops imaginative learners and leaders, promotes cross-cultural understanding, and celebrates the heritage and culture of people of African descent. Sankofa is a West African Akan language term meaning to “reach back and get it,” or to reclaim the lessons of the past to build a bright future.