Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Happy Kwanzaa?

I read an article in my local paper that tells about the Kwanzaa celebration that will be starting today.

Kwanzaa events to begin today

St. Joseph News-Press

The Juneteenth Steering Committee will kick off its Kwanzaa celebration today.

Ramadhan Washington, Juneteenth organizer, said the focus this year will be planting the seeds of economic security and empowerment.

"The first fruits of the harvest, we're going to plant seeds and that seed is going to be an economic agenda," Mr. Washington said. "We're going to get the collective benefit of what Kwanzaa is supposed to bring. It is a cultural enrichment program."

The seven-day Kwanzaa celebration begins at 6 p.m. today with a lighting ceremony at the Bartlett Center, 408 S. 18th St.

For the next six days, the Kwanzaa schedule at the center will include:

6 p.m. Wednesday: Creating Wealth seminar by Drew Brown.

6 p.m. Thursday: Creating Wealth agenda.

6 p.m. Friday: Storytelling with Roy Wedlow.

2 p.m. Saturday: Soul Cinema presentation.

2 p.m Sunday: Pot luck Karami feast, music, family fun. Patrons are asked to bring covered dishes.

2 p.m. Jan. 1: Wealth Creation wrap-up agenda: Planting the Seed.

For more information, call 233-8201 or 387-9598.

After I read the News-Press article I read three more about the Kwanzaa Celebration and the man that got it started in the United States.

Peterson: Kwanzaa-Racist Holiday from Hell

Kwanzaa, my Azz!

So This Is Kwanzaa, what have you done...?

They make you wonder just how much the people that will be celebrating this week know about Ron Everett, aka Dr. Karenga. I would hope that this celebration wouldn't be taking place if they read these three articles.

Thanks go to the St. Joseph News-Press and the Federal Observer.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Blogger Stephanie said...

From what I can tell, Kwanzaa is a kick-back holiday. A celebration created in contemporary times to celebrate something that came before and was lost.


What that something is...? I'm still not sure.

8:36 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

The celebration itself seems innocent enough. It's the founder that bothers me. He leaves some things out of his biography (http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/karengabio.shtml)that are mentioned in the three articles I read after reading the News-Press article. For some reason that makes me think of a couple of others that were good at getting people to follow them, Jim Jones and Charles Manson.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Yes, there does seem to be something a bit off about him. To me, I just have to wonder what exactly they're celebrating. From what I've read of his intentions, it seems less about something, and more against the Christian-izing of "African Americans."

Keeping a hold of one's past is certainly understandable and applaudable. But deny the recent past in favor of a past that's no longer understood...that seems folly.

8:26 PM  

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