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Immediate Release | 3rd Annual Kwanzaa Celebration: RECLAIMING THE PAST TO REBUILD THE FUTURE

(West Palm Beach, FL) December 21, 2023 – Palm Beach County is abuzz with anticipation as we prepare to host the 3rd Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, a spectacular event that promises to unite us in a celebration of culture, unity, and the strength of our community. This highly awaited gathering will take place at the Gaines Park Rear Lawn on Friday, December 29, 2023, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Kwanzaa, a holiday deeply rooted in African culture and tradition, is a time for reflection, celebration, and unity. This year's celebration is set to be extraordinary, featuring a diverse array of performances, inspirational speakers, and the recognition of community heroes who have left an indelible mark.

President Annie Ruth Nelson, the event organizer, shares her thoughts on this year's celebration: "This Kwanzaa Celebration is not just an event; it's a testament to our shared heritage and our collective strength as a community. We are thrilled to bring our community together to celebrate our past, embrace our present, and pave the way for a brighter future."

The event highlights include:

●     Mistress of Ceremony: Kitty Lundan – People of Power Show

●     Keynote Speaker: Etzar Roger – Zeus Consulting Service

●     Performances by Faith's Place Center for Art & Education, Inc. Drummers and Choral Group, FBI Kids/Elite Dream Team Dancers, Abasi Hanif Drummers and Dancers, and poetry by Dahlia Perryman and Andrea Peppers.

We are also proud to honor outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to our community, including Atkins Tender Loving Care, Dr. Orville Lawton (Director of Ebony Chorale), Dorothy Graham (Family Empowerment Coord – The Lord's Place), Darren Studstill (Cityside Business Suites), and Brianna Moneus (Medical Academy & Journalism Senior Student at Inlet Grove Community High School).

Join us for a day filled with cultural richness, artistic expression, and a strong sense of community. This event is open to the public and promises to be a memorable experience for all who attend.

For more information, including vendor opportunities and artist applications, please visit our Eventbrite here. Can't attend? You can still show your support by donating here.

For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact Annie Ruth Nelson at or 561-729-0100.


At the African Research Library and Cultural Center of Palm Beach County, Inc. (AARLCC), our mission is rooted in preserving, celebrating, and educating about the invaluable contributions of African Americans to the vibrant tapestry of Palm Beach County's history. We are committed to identifying, collecting, and safeguarding cultural collections, primary resources, and historical records that chronicle the unique journey of African American communities in Palm Beach County and Florida. Our aim is not merely to preserve history, but to actively perpetuate and promote it, ensuring that future generations have access to these significant narratives.

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