Synthia Saint James

Kwanzaa Celebration Speaker: Synthia Saint James
Sunday, November 4, 2007, 6-8pm

Baker Center Ballroom
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

The featured Kwanzaa Karamu speaker is Synthia Saint James, international award-winning artist and designer of the first United States Postal Stamp for the Kwanzaa holiday.

A self-taught artist and author, Saint James has written or illustrated children’s picture books, poetry, and prose books. Her work appears on more than 60 book covers including those by Alice Walker, Terry McMillan, Iyanla Vanzant, and Julia Boyd.

Kwanzaa, an African American holiday based on the first fruit celebrations of Africa, was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture: Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. The holiday is officially celebrated December 26 to January 1. Due to the OU calendar, it is celebrated early while students are still on campus. Kwanzaa is a collaborative cultural presentation of the Office of Multicultural Programs (MCP), the Multicultural Center (MCC) and the Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB). —http://www.ohio.edu/culturalcenter/programs/kwanzaa.cfm 

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