“KWANZAA: A (Continuing) Community Celebration!” Tuesday, December 16th, 6:00 p.m., 2008 Location: Multipurpose Room, Building D SIUE/East St. Louis Higher Education Center 601 J. R. Thompson Drive East St. Louis, Illinois 62202
Poetry, dance, drumming, a “Kwansaba Candle-Lighting Ritual,” an open mic, anda bazaar with books, gifts and fabrics, will be featured during the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club’s annual (pre) Kwanzaa Expo, slated for Tuesday, December 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m., in Building D (All Purpose Room) of the SIUE-East St. Louis Higher Education Center, 601 J. R. Thompson Drive.
The public is invited to this free public event, the Club’s 22nd annual celebration, featuring performances by the SIUE-ESL Center for the Performing Arts (under Theo Jamison’s direction). A special choreo-poetic piece, “Obama’s Roots Boots Routes,” written by Redmond and choreographed by Jamison, will also be offered.
The “Kwansaba . . . Ritual,” a community-centered celebration of Kwanzaa’s Nguzo Saba (“Seven Principles”), will be performed by Club poets Roscoe Crenshaw, Ruby Ellis, Sherman L. Fowler, Charlois Lumpkin, Patricia Merritt, Darlene Roy (president), and Redmond. And a special tribute, “A Suite of Kwansabas for Obama,” will include Meshawn Deberry, Walter Robinson, Takia Yates, K. Curtis Lyle, and Dr. Lena Weathers.
*The EBR Writers Club co-publishes “Drumvoices Revue” with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Club Trustees: Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998), Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), Avery Brooks, Walter Mosley, Raymond Patterson (1929-2001), Barbara A. Teer (1937-2008), Quincy Troupe, Lena Weathers
Co-sponsors: SIUE, East St. Louis Cultural Revival Campaign Committee, Drumvoices Revue, Black River Writers Press, Renaissance Literary Arts Press. For additional information, call the Club at 618 650-3991 or write EBRWC at P. O. Box 6165, ESL, IL 62202.