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We are now in First Fruits season!


On December 1, we kicked off our First Fruits/Kwanzaa season (32 days long) with the amazing Kwanzaa Appreciation Program: Showcase of Talent.

The Appreciation Program was tied in to our simultaneous 24 hour participation in the United Way of Greater Rochester's "ROCtheDay online fundraiser that benefits nonprofits in the Rochester area such as First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. The Showcase was split in two sections. The 5 PM section featured folktales and singing primarily. The 7 PM section, coordinated by Sister Elizabeth Cooper, was gospel oriented and her family participated in the program. We all enjoyed ourselves with the outstanding musical selections.


The second of the three key events in our First Fruits/Kwanzaa  is our African Mothers Day, in honor of the late Minister Akilah Ife Evans. This dynamic event will  take place on December 15, 2015 at School #33, 500 Webster Avenue (6 PM).  The theme is: Showcase of Talent.  Our students will show all their talents. The great entertainment and delicious delicacy will be in the cafeteria of School #33.  You do  not want to miss this event. On  African Mothers Day we will give flowers to the females. But you will receive much more. Come and see the beautiful Ryan Community Center.

Below are pictures of the 2nd Showcase on December 1. We thank all those who attended the program and donated either via ROCtheDay or in person at the Institute.








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2017 First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule

All events are at 219 Hamilton Street at 6 PM EST unless otherwise specified
First Fruits (Dec 1-25)
December 1: KWANZAA APPRECIATION PROGRAM (kickoff and introduction)
December 2, 4-9, 11-14, 16, 18-23, 25: DAILY STORYTELLING AND PRAYER (small get-togethers)
December 3, 10, 17, 24: STUDENT DOOLOGY HOUR at 4 PM, 219 Hamilton
December 15: AFRICAN MOTHERS DAY-- 6 pm, School #33  cafeteria (500 Webster Ave, all females receive flowers from the men)

Kwanzaa (Dec 26- Jan 1) 6pm except for Sun Dec 31
December 26: Umoja (unity) presenter: Minister Lawrance Lee Evans will speak on "Reducing Inferiority by Promoting Unity"
December 27: Kujichagulia (self-determination) presenters: Brother Zeb Coleman and Brother Brian Griffin
December 28; Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
December 29: Ujamaa (cooperative economics) presenters: Sister Uwimana and Sister Brenda Snow
December 30: Nia (purpose) presenter: Brother Leo White
December 31: Kuumba -- 4pm Student Doology Hour (creativit…