The Diversity Center at Luther College is hosting its annual Kwanzaa celebration Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14. All events are open to the public.
The celebration begins with a short, student-led chapel Friday from 10:30-10:55 a.m., during which Luther students Anthony Howard and Cole Jessen will perform a song selection pertaining to the Kwanzaa celebration, as well as performing a song or two reflecting on their journeys and experiences as both students and Gospel Emcees while attending Luther College.
"We are young guys really into reaching out to people through platforms of Spoken Word, Hip Hop and Church," Howard, who hopes the program encourages more public participation in the Kwanzaa celebration, said.
The celebration continues with a gathering Saturday from 4-6 p.m., in the Peace Dining Room. Following a greeting prayer, remembrances, sharing of talents (including performances by the Luther Gosepl Choir), a meal and libation will conclude the evening.
Tickets are $12 and are available at the Luther Box Office and Diversity Center.
"Not a lot of people in Decorah maybe have a chance to experience [a Kwanzaa celebration]," student co-coordinator, Lilliana Petsch-Hovath, said. "[Attendees] can expect a welcoming community and an opportunity to participate in something different from what they know, or have experienced."
Kwanzaa is a non-religious African-American holiday which celebrates family, community and culture.