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Kuumba and Imani

On December 31, the young people along with some of the adults, made red,black and green decorations from construction paper and pipe cleaners. Eleven-year-old India Sizer, daughter of sponsor Sonya Sizer, read an African folktale.


The finale of the First Fruits/Kwanzaa celebration (January 1, 2009) had at least 200 people enjoying the feast. Bishop Herman Dailey, Minister James Muhammad and Rev. Norman Roberts gave invocations to a truly interfaith, diverse audience. Jews, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, etc. attended. All colors within God’s creation came and participated.

Minister Akilah and Sister Shiminege did a great job in working with the organizer, Minister Lawrance Lee Evans. They made sure that all participants enjoy themselves. A special award was given to Bishop Herman Dailey for his outstanding work with the Outreach Community Center.

Brother Corey Tanksley gave a poem that made his godparents very proud. He did something that few people do. He said that he was a graduate of the Charles Riley Tutorial Program.

Sister Elizabeth Cooper played a special tribute to Odetta.

Gifts were given to participants by J & J Wholesale Plus, and books were given to the children of the Charles Riley Tutorial Program by Commissioner Malik Evans.

The transitioning from First Fruits to Kwanzaa celebration was made possible by Sister Ester Gliwinski, who coordinated African Mothers Day. Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. organized the First Fruits/Kwanzaa celebration. The developer of Doology had the celebration at many other locations. Although the finale was the Kwanzaa Feast, he will be doing a Kwanzaa demonstration along with Minister Akilah in January. Call 585.461.0379 for more information.

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