Kwanzaa Celebration @ Catholic Enrichment Center

Wednesday, Dec. 29

Catholic Enrichment Center
3146 W. Broadway • 636-0296
Free (donations suggested); 5:30 p.m.

If you chose not to participate in the mass commercial ritual of purging discretionary income known as Christmas, consider this alternative: The Archdiocese of Louisville is hosting its 29th annual Kwanzaa celebration today. The seven-day, non-religious festival called Kwanzaa, from a Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits of the harvest,” was inaugurated in 1966 primarily as a means for African-Americans to participate in a holiday free from the empty consumerism symbolized by the Coca-Cola Santa Claus. This year’s theme of Ujamaa, or “cooperative economics,” couldn’t come at a better time. The community-wide event will feature music, food and a clothes drive. —Jonathan Meador

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