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14 November 2011

HACC hosts annual Kwanzaa celebration

Community awards included in Dec. 3 event at HACC’s Harrisburg Campus

HARRISBURG – Celebrate the traditional holiday festival of Kwanzaa with music, dance and food from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend the 16th annual Kwanzaa Festival in the Cooper Student Center on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus, One HACC Drive.
Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the 12th annual Harambee Recognition Awards at which time community members/groups who emulate the one of the principles of Kwanzaa are recognized. The ceremony will be followed by the Karamu (feast) until noon.
Entertainment begins at noon. Performers include:
Noon: X-Factor Jazz Band of Harrisburg
1 p.m.: Southside Steppers of Crispus Attucks in York
2 p.m.: Imani Edu-Tainers African Dance Company of Lancaster
3 p.m.: Writer’s Wordshop of Harrisburg
4 p.m.: Fashion show by ABW Productions of Harrisburg
5:30 p.m.: Born to Praise Dancers of Full Gospel Evangelistic Ministries of Harrisburg
6 p.m.: Gary Waters’ Jazz Quartet
Musical interludes will be provided by DJ HandyMan
In addition, health screenings will be provided from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children’s Room activities from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. include crafts and face painting.
Kwanzaa is the modern African-American holiday created in 1966 by a Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor in the department of Black Studies at California State University, to promote the values of family, culture and community.
For more information, contact Pat Thompson at 780-2632 or email

Pat Thompson, event coordinator, 717-780-2632

Pam Saylor
HACC Public Relations
717-221-1300 x1558

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