Kwanzaa Celebration Set for Dec. 26 in Cruz Bay

Sigma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host its 16th Annual Community Kwanzaa Celebration on Saturday, December 26, at 6 p.m. at the Franklin Powell Park in Cruz Bay.

The public is cordially invited to join the sorority members as they take time to celebrate Kwanzaa. The program has grown tremendously from the first celebration held in 1995.

This year promises to be festive and fun as in times past with local artists and students from the various schools, dancers, and other performers such as the Love City Leapers, Love City Pan Dragons Youth Steel Orchestra, St. Thomas Majorettes, to name a few.

St. John students who participated in Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Earn Set Potential Kids Club will be recognized for their exemplification of the Kwanzaa principle Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) meaning: to build and maintain stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Over the past four years the students have participated in workshops and other activities geared towards helping them learn how to save and invest money towards their future.

“Kwanzaa Celebration does not replace Christmas or other religious holidays, it is a time for us to come together to reaffirm our commitment in our African heritage and to focus on the goodness of life, culture, community and family,” said Laurel Hewitt-Sewer, president of Sigma Theta Omega Chapter.

Additional participants for this program are welcome and can contact Elisa Hodge at or 774-8675 or 771-5332 22.