Kwanzaa will be celebrated in style on Wednesday!

The Pittsfield-based Women of Color Giving Circle, Berkshire Branch of the NAACP, and the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program (R.O.P.E.) will be holding its annual community Kwanzaa Celebration virtually at 6 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 29th. 

According to a media release, Kwanzaa is described as a non-religious celebration held from December 26th through January 1st. The holiday celebrates African and African-American culture, with an emphasis on seven principles geared towards uplift and empowerment. 

According to NewsObserver.com those seven principles: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith), are represented by the seven candles of the kinara.

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This theme of this year's local event is, “Young, Gifted, and Black: Where Do We Go from Here?” 

The keynote speaker at the virtual event will be Mayor Kamal Johnson of Hudson, N.Y.

The event lineup will also include youth speaker, Sierra Boyd, and include performances by Wanda Houston and Samirah Evans.  

The ceremony can be viewed via one of the following options:

·         Access Pittsfield (cable channel 1301)

·         PCTV Select, available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and PittsfieldTV.org

·         facebook.com/pittsfieldtv

·         youtube.com/onlyonpctv

·         facebook.com/pittsfieldtv

·         facebook.com/NAACPBerkshires

You can find more information on the Women of Color Giving Circle on Facebook, HERE.

There is more available on the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program or R.O.P.E., HERE.

You can also find more information about the Virtual Kwanzaa Celebration on the events Facebook page, HERE.

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