Two events will be held in Evanston on Saturday, Dec. 26, to celebrate the first day of Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration of African heritage in African-American culture.

“A Community Celebration of Kwanzaa” will be held at 11 a.m. in Fountain Square, at Davis Street and Sherman Avenue, and will feature music, songs, the lighting of the Kinara, and the recitation of principles. The event is hosted by the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and the City of Evanston’s Recreation Division.

“A Kwanzaa to Remember” will be performed at noon at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. The perforrmance will feature a multicultural cast of Evanston children performing skits, singing songs, and reciting poetry that celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Both events are free.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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