Students at Kramer Middle School who participate in Studio Africa for the 2012 - 2013 school kicked off their year with a Kwanzaa Celebration. Kwanzaa is a non-religious African American holiday that celebrates the rich ancestry and heritage of people of African descent all over the world. Kwanzaa means "first fruits" and is a harvest celebration celebrated December 26 - January 1 every year where families and communities get together to celebrate their success for the year and re-affirm their commitment to maintaining strong families and communities. Student's learned about the history of Kwanzaa, its meaning, the Nguzo Saba or seven principles and were treated to West African Dance and Drum performance by Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa.
The celebration also included a presentation of books of African and African American stories purchased for Studio Africa participants by Potomac Chapter of The Links Inc. - long time partner and supporter of the Studio Africa Program. Students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and had the opportunity to dance and drum.