Black Student Alliance Celebrates Kwanzaa with Community Dinner

American cuisine and African performing arts combine for a festive 2008 Kwanzaa celebration at Albion College. The Black Student Alliance commemorates the holiday with a dinner and the Baba Collins African Dance and Drumming Troupe, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in the College’s Kellogg Center.

An American cultural observance for people of African decent, “Kwanzaa” means “first fruits of harvest” in Swahili, and is intended to be a synthesis of many African festivals. Kwanzaa opens the door to African culture as well as providing the tools for community celebration.

"The members of BSA work diligently to provide an interesting and dynamic show that strives to feed both the body and mind of all of its guests," said event organizer Takeshia Williams. "It’s an excellent time to experience the fusion between African and African American culture. We sincerely hope that those young and old, religious or not, and from varying cultures will be able to join in on the celebration of family, love, and community."

The Kwanzaa menu will be composed of traditional southern foods including barbecued ribs, green beans and mashed potatoes.

Tickets are $3 in advance, $4 at the door. Reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve tickets or for more information, contact Takeshia Williams or Charles Green .