THOUSAND OAKS : Cal Lutheran Hosts Kwanzaa Celebration


With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah out of the way and Christmas not yet here, Cal Lutheran University students will celebrate another holiday Saturday--Kwanzaa.

Lectures, singing and dancing performances in honor of the African American holiday will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Preus-Brandt Forum on the university’s Thousand Oaks campus. The events are free and open to the public.

Organizers said the celebration will be led by David Fulton, professor of Pan-African studies at Cal State Northridge. Organized jointly with the Ventura County chapter of the NAACP, the event will also feature a traditional African feast known as a Karamu.


The holiday is usually observed for seven days, Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, and stresses the principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, purpose, creativity, cooperative economics and faith.

The university’s celebration is held earlier in December to avoid conflicts with final exams and winter vacation, Director of Multicultural Services Rosa Moreno said.