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A community meeting for Kwanzaa will be a time to reflect and celebrate for a local support group that works to empower black families and help guide them through the educational system.

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Family Fuse will mark the annual celebration of African American culture, which draws on African harvest festival traditions from various parts of Africa, with a virtual gathering open to anyone who wants to attend, spokeswoman Christie Nelson said.

“We think now is the time to throw some celebrations,” Nelson said, noting that Family Fuse, a nonprofit organization, is just over a year old and during its first year has helped support 84 parents, guardians and Black Canadian caregivers. who collectively care for 141 children.

We love all the principles that Kwanzaa represents

“Not only to celebrate our accomplishments as Family Fuse and the people we support, but also as a community at large.”

Family Fuse executive team members Clarese Carter, left, Christie Nelson, program coordinator, and Salem Berhane at Forest Glade on Wednesday. Family Fuse is a program that helps parents of black youth and the students themselves navigate the educational system and improve their life goals. Family Fuse received a $ 253,500 Trillium Foundation grant that will fully fund what they do for the next three years. Photo by Nick Brancaccio /Windsor Star

Nelson said the group chose Kwanzaa, which was first celebrated in 1966 and runs from December 26 to January 1, because it is a typical celebration of African-American culture, but also because it is more than that.

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“When you think about what Kwanzaa really means, the seven principles alone are extremely transferable from one community to another.”

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Nelson explained that the principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economy, purpose, creativity and faith are symbolic for all ethnic groups.

“We love all the principles that Kwanzaa stands for,” he said. “We believe that all communities can benefit from these seven principles.

“And when we talk about the five sets of common values, which are reunion, reverence and commemoration and re-engaging and just celebrating, like who doesn’t want that in their lives.”

The virtual Kwanzaa celebration, which will take place on December 28 from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature live music, games, performances, and question-and-answer segments, along with prizes in honor of the giving season.

The event is open to everyone. To register, call Nelson at 226-506-5872 or email [email protected] Registration is also available on the Family Fuse website at , on the workshop page under the Kwanzaa event.

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