Live drum and dance performances by Atiba and the BUSA family highlighted the 7th Annual Community Kwanzaa Festival on Sunday, Dec. 26. More than 100 people including many families with children attended the colorful festival which was free and open to everyone in the Oak Park area.

Kwanzaa began in the United States in the 1960s as a way for African Americans to use the holiday season to focus on important values to reinforce their identity and need for community. Originally started here as a multicultural celebration by Project Unity seven years ago, sponsorship expanded this year to include the Oak Park Area Arts Council, A.P.P.L.E., N.A.A.C.P., the Oak Park Public Library, the Village of Oak Park, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Resources Unlimited Founnation, District 97/multicultural education department and others.

Photos courtesy of Debby Preiser

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