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Albion College Welcomes All to Kwanzaa

Albion College celebrates Kwanzaa with Black Student Alliance (BSA), Sunday, November 18, at 3 p.m. in the Kellogg Center. African and American cuisine and entertainment will be featured along with a Kwanzaa ceremony.

Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of cultural reaffirmation, established nearly 50 years ago. Kwanzaa, which means "first fruits of the harvest" in Swahili, is a spiritual, festive and joyous celebration of the oneness and goodness of life, which claims no ties to any religion. It’s celebrated for seven days, and has seven guiding principles, Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics) , Nia (purpose(, Kuumba (creativity), and last but not least Imani (faith).

The tickets are $3 in advance and $4 at the door. For more or to reserve tickets, contact BSA member Darrian Hollonquest at or the Office of Intercultural Affairs, 517/629-0492.

African-Caribbean Student Union Hosts Step Show

The art and excitement of step comes to Albion, as the Albion College African-Caribbean Student Union (ACSU) brings its Fall 2012 Step Show on Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in the College's Kellogg Center.

The show will feature the Chicago-based Tamboula Dance Company, a professional group that blends traditional Afro-Haitian dances with ballet, jazz and street dance styles. Other performers include student groups from Albion College, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan-Flint.

This show is free and open to the public. For more information, contact ACSU member Cheyenne Brown at , or the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 517/629-0501. Visit the Tamboula Web site at

Albion Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Albion College celebrates Native American Heritage Month with opportunities to learn about two of the many cultural issues facing modern Native Americans. For more information, contact the Albion College Office of Intercultural Affairs at 517/629-0501.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Dinner and discussion with Pat Dyer-Deckrow, a member of the Little Traverse band of Odawa. Deckrow will discuss her leadership with Michigan's Tribal Council and the legal history of Michigan’s Native American communities. The accompanying dinner is free but reservations are requested. For more information, or to reserve a spot for dinner, contact the Albion College Chaplain's office, or 517/629-0492. 5 p.m., Albion College Umbrella House, 1107 E. Cass St.

Thursday, November 29: Film, "Two Spirits." This documentary examines the hate-crime murder of Navajo teenager Fred Martinez. Although the ancient Navajos recognized and accepted male-bodied persons with a feminine nature, Martinez became a victim of homophobia at the age of 16. 7 p.m., Norris Science Center Towsley Hall


Muslim Student Association Sponsors Eid Dinner

Albion College’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) invites the community to their Eid Dinner on Saturday, October 27, at 6 p.m. in the College’s Kellogg Center.

Eid is a time for Muslims to offer their gratitude to Allah for helping them to fulfill their spiritual obligations prior to the Eid. MSA's celebration will feature South Asian food and music.

Tickets for the dinner are $3 at the door and proceeds will support Islamic Relief. For more information, contact Zehra Hussain, , or contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 517/629-0501.

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