kwanzza.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE — During the winter holidays, the celebration of Kwanzaa provides physical excitement with pounding drums, fierce beauty and dazzling motion — delivered with a set of Seven Principles to help guide lives to their full potential.

On Wednesday, the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and the Broward Public Library Foundation will present “A Kwanzaa Celebration.”

The library describes the event as a celebration of “tradition, family, community, culture and self.”

Twenty performers of the Junior Jubilee Children’s Dance Ensemble – part of the Jubilee Dance Theatre – will perform traditional African and modern dance styles as they dance out Kwanzaa’s “Nguzo Saba” (which is Swahili for the Seven Principles), observed in the last week of December.

These are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).

The dancers range in age from 8 years to adult and are led by Luctricia “Lu” Welters, a former professional dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble who founded the Jubilee Dance Theatre in 2003.

Aunkh Aakhu, a marketing coach and consultant recognized as an expert on the principle of Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics – will give the keynote address.

Aakhu is owner of Better Marketing For Us, a company that provides marketing training and consulting for small business owners. He places emphasis on building alliances and businesses within the black community.

During his speech, he will demonstrate how his “Seven Steps to Successful Guerilla Marketing in Rough Times” can be compared to the “Seven Principles of Kwanzaa,” according to a library statement.


WHAT: A Kwanzaa Celebration

WHEN: 5-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 29

WHERE: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

CONTACT: 954-625-2810,