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Pre-Kwanzaa speaker to perform one-woman show on Wednesday

The Ohio University Office of Multicultural Programs/Multicultural Center and the Black Student Cultural Programming Board will host the annual Pre-Kwanzaa celebration at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28
in the Baker University Center Theatre.

This year motivational speaker, performance poet and author Ge'ylah Jones will perform her one-woman show titled "A Kwanzaa Celebration."

She has committed more than 50 poems to memory, received various awards such as the Cultural Citizen's Foundation's "Trophy of Honor, and has performed with Maya Angelou.

"She brings the principles of Kwanzaa alive on the stage through her poetry," said Winsome Chunnu-Brayda, associate director of the Office of Multicultural Programs. "I'm really excited to see her performance. I'm hoping students will be able to engage with the performance and also gain a better understanding of the principles by seeing them performed on stage."

Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday that combines aspects of different African tribes' "first fruit" (harvest) celebrations. The official holiday is celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.The Pre-Kwanzaa celebration gives students the opportunity to celebrate together while still on campus.

The event encompasses the seven days of Kwanzaa in one night. Students set the Kwanzaa table, light candles, and learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

"We host this every year because it's an African-American holiday but more importantly because the principles are applicable to anyone," said Chunnu-Brayda, associate director of the Office of Multicultural Programs.

Refreshments will be served at the free and open to the public event.