The Atlantic City Free Public Library will continue a long-standing and popular tradition by holding a Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
The 27th annual Kwanzaa program will feature a performance by Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre. This event will combine song, music, and traditional and contemporary dance, while providing a history of Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa is a holiday of African heritage and values and is celebrated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.
Dr. Patricia Reid Merritt is the director of Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre. A professor of Social Work and African-American Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Dr. Reid-Merritt has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the NAACP Freedom Award.
Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre was founded in 1974 and emphasizes dance, drama and music in the African-American arts. The group has performed at schools, colleges and universities, businesses and corporations, conferences, Kwanzaa celebrations, weddings, rites of passage, local festivals and community events.
Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.
VIEW THE BLACK CANDLE
The Atlantic City Free Public Library will show the documentary “The Black Candle” at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26.
The film uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore and celebrate the African-American experience. It traces the holiday’s growth out of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s to its present-day reality as a global, pan-African holiday embraced by more than 40 million celebrants.Maya Angelou narrates the film.