On December 26th, a community event aimed to educate, engage and empower the local community on Kwaanza was held at Grove Place inside D. Hamilton Jackson Park. Kwanzaa is a holiday that celebrates African heritage, unity, and culture from December 26 to January 1. With performances, storytelling, community award ceremonies, the event kicked off the seven-day holiday. Senator Genevieve Whitaker spoke at the event and gave praise for the event and reiterated the importance of Virgin Islands history being taught in our schools. The event included performances from Kemit Sweeney, 340 Steppaz/ GP for Life Dancers, and many more. The event closed with an awards ceremony that recognized organizations and individuals in the community who do service. The event wa put together by the UCU and Kwaanza Everyday. The full article is on St. Croix Source, read here.

Photo by Darshania Domingo, featuring Kemit Sweeney