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Donna Washington

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Donna Washington to tell stories of Kwanzaa Dec. 4

Professional storyteller, recording artist and author Donna Washington will lead a Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 in Baker University Center Ballroom.

Washington has won multiple awards for her storytelling recordings, including Gold and Silver Parents' Choice Awards. She has written two books about Kwanzaa, "The Story of Kwanzaa," and "Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa."

"The Story of Kwanzaa" is a primer for celebrating Kwanzaa that explains the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the history of Kwanzaa and goals for the future.

"Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa" draws upon the trickster character of Brer Rabbit from African-American folklore tradition to tell the story of Li'l Rabbit, who comes to understand the true meaning of Kwanzaa – coming together to help others.

Washington is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she began to make storytelling a central part of her performance life. She travels the country to speak and give workshops at festivals, conferences, schools and libraries.

The Office of Multicultural Programs, Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB) and the Senate Appropriations Commission (SAC) will sponsor this event. It is free and open to the public.

The Office of Multicultural Programs focuses all its programs and activities on intercultural teaching and learning. It provides a place where members of the university community, representing a variety of backgrounds, can participate in programs and activities. All programs aim to increase understanding among people through the study and expression of culture.