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Holiday: Kwanzaa Awareness Festival 

Sat., Dec. 8

In 1967, Ron Karenga, an influential figure in the Black Arts Movement and leader of the black nationalist Organization US who's now known as Maulana Karenga, created the African-American cultural holiday Kwanzaa. It's observed every year from Dec. 26-Jan. 1, but the DeKalb County Public Library has already begun the 2007 celebration with its KWANZAA AWARENESS FESTIVAL. The event features a variety of programs at different locations, including the Sat., DEC. 8, Jubilee of Reading at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library. Among the Jubilee's guests are Nathan McCall, an Emory University professor, former Washington Post reporter and author of Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America, and Tia McCollors, author of Essence best seller A Heart of Devotion. Free. Festival: Through Dec. 18. Jubilee of Reading: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 2681 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur. 404-286-6980. www.dekalblibrary.org/branches/wesl.htm.

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