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Celebrating culture and community

By The Final Call | Last updated: Jan 10, 2019 - 9:29:03 AM

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CHICAGO—The historical pan-African celebration of family, community and culture also known as Kwanzaa was brought to Muhammad University for its 4th annual celebration December 29.

The celebration was also in partnership with The Black Mall Ujamaa Empowerment Exposition and featured Black entrepreneurs and vendors. Their products and services included food, body and facial products, home décor, Kwanzaa-inspired gifts and much more.

“The people just love the speakers we have come out,” said Cassiopeia Uhuru, founder of The Black Mall, a Black-owned business directory and network. The Black Mall also has a newly opened brick and mortar location on the city’s South Side.

“The information that we are talking about, the cultural experience, the energy, the love [and] of course the vendors— what’s great about Kwanzaa is you always have vendors but on a special day like Ujamaa where we’re specifically talking about cooperative economics, we get a chance not only to learn more about it but to really practice it as well. It’s a beautiful time!” Kwanzaa is observed from Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Each day, a special principle is observed.

Guests from various walks of life enjoyed African-themed music and dancing while sharing the Kwanzaa experience with friends and family.