By Deb Alberto
For Hometown News
BREVARD -- Last year, a local committee formed to generate interest in celebrating the African holiday, Kwanzaa. They called themselves "Nguzo Saba," which translate to "the seven principles."
This year, the committee partnered with other community organizations, and, as a result, five events will take place during the seven-day holiday from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
"Last year, which was our first year, we had two events, and now we have five," said organizer Patricia Davis.
Next year, they are shooting for seven - one for each principle.
"There will be music and dance, guest speakers, and each event will be focused on one of the seven principles," she said.
Kwanzaa, established in the early 1960s, is about the children and building a community, while honoring their sacred roots.
The seven principles, developed by Maulana Karenga in 1963, are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
Karenga, the creator of Kwanzaa, is a professor and chair of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
This year's partners include the South Brevard Chapter of the NAACP, Club Esteem and the Brevard Caribbean American Sports & Cultural Association.
Celebratory dates and locations:
Thursday, Dec. 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Melbourne/Palm Bay Delta Life Center; 805 E. Hopkins St., Melbourne
Friday, Dec. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brevard Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Association; 1742 Harris Ave., Suite 6, Palm Bay
Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility
Sunday, Dec. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South Brevard Branch NAACP @ Berty's Restaurant, 2280 Harris Ave., Suite 1, Palm Bay
Monday, Dec. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lipscomb Park Community Center Annex. (Club Esteem), 3316 S. Monroe St., Melbourne
Wednesday, Jan. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Karamu Feast at the Melbourne/Palm Bay Delta Life Center; 805 E. Hopkins St., Melbourne
All events are free. More information can be found via the Nguzo Saba website at www.nguzosabacommittee.weebly.com or by calling (321) 215-1226.