Celebrating Kwanzaa


January 02, 2000|By Sloane Brown

Kwanzaa was welcomed at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum with a show of umoja, or unity, one of the seven guiding principles the African-American holiday celebrates. The museum was packed with 250 guests and performers to celebrate the first of seven days of Kwanzaa. The evening's program also was packed -- with entertainment -- including a performance by the Golden Rockettes Senior Citizen Dancers, which event coordinator Liz Byrd said "stole the show."

Among the friends and families in the audience: Dr. Joanne Martin, museum executive director; Deborah Pierce-Fakunle, museum board member, and her son David, 12; the Rev. Michael John Baylor, museum curator; Gene Stinnette, museum construction designer; Minister Kamau Kenyatta, Baltimore City school social worker; Antonio Wilkens, MCI sales representative; three generations of the Hickman family, from grandmother Maebelle to Shontrell Schumper, 5; Miriam Charles, postal worker, with grandchildren Isiah, 5, and Cynnamon, 7; and Mary Carter Smith, Baltimore area griot.

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