Dear Community Members,
On November 17, 2015, Sadiki Kambon, members of the Black Community Information Center, Inc., and several members of the community addressed the RCC Board of Trustees with their concerns about moving the Kwanzaa celebration from RCC – especially given that this is the celebration’s 40th anniversary. Several members shared the history of Kwanzaa at RCC and the importance of this cherished event to the community, especially for our youth and students. The members spoke convincingly and with great passion and we heard you, and we have found a way to continue hosting a Kwanzaa celebration at RCC.
Celebrating Kwanzaa is an opportunity for the community to fellowship with each other and with our students. It’s a time to celebrate our heritage together at RCC; a place where we come together as a community for civic and cultural events, and innovative thought.
I am inviting the community to come and join us—students, faculty and staff—to celebrate Kwanzaa at RCC on Thursday, December 10, 2015 and Friday, December 11, 2015. Dr. Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga, the Founder of Kwanzaa, will be our guest speaker on Friday evening. Come learn about the origins of the holiday and the significance it still has to our heritage today.
Also, we invite you to participate in the marketplace tradition. Vendors are welcome to reserve a table to display and/or sell their artwork, jewelry, clothing, handmade crafts, or other products. There will be activities for our youth and students.
It is an unfortunate necessity that we will have to close the College from December 25, 2015 to January 3, 2016 (the week between Christmas and New Year’s) to tend to crucial campus maintenance in anticipation of more extensive construction in the spring. I have brought this issue to the attention of the Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Carlos Santiago, and he fully understands and is supportive of this decision.
Please – come and join us as we acknowledge our history together. I look forward to seeing you.
All the Best,