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2006.11.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

Kwanzaa Celebration Set for Dec. 1 at UNO

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) community is invited to a Kwanzaa program set for Friday, Dec. 1. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include food and a guest speaker. The celebration will begin at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Carlos Carr and the Omaha Community Kwanzaa Group will give a presentation focusing on the principles of unity and collective work, and responsibility.

Kwanzaa, a holiday that celebrates African traditions and American customs, was created in 1966. The name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase meaning "first fruits." In ancient Africa, the time to harvest fruits and grains was a time of celebration.

The UNO event is designed to share the basic concepts of, and answer questions about, this cultural tradition celebrated Dec. 26-Jan. 1. "We strive to educate our students about the traditions and cultures of others to see that our differences give us grounds for knowing more about each other rather than distancing from one another," said Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs adviser at UNO. "Celebrations like this make it possible to celebrate family, community and culture."

For more information about the Dec. 1 event, contact Liwaru at (402) 554-2711.

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