Library to hold annual Kwanzaa event Dec. 7

Afro-One at 2011 Kwanzaa programThe Atlantic City Free Public Library’s 26th annual Kwanzaa celebration will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. at the Main Library.
The featured performer will be Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre.
This event combines song, music, poetry and traditional and contemporary dance with an educational element.
Dr. Patricia Reid Merritt directs the Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre. A professor of Social Work and African-American Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Dr. Reid-Merritt has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the NAACP Freedom Award. Afro-One was founded in 1974 and emphasizes dance, drama and music in the African-American arts. Afro-One has performed at schools, colleges and universities, businesses and corporations, conferences, Kwanzaa celebrations, weddings, rites of passage, local festivals and community events. Their past performances include presentations at Rutgers University, Monmouth University, Penn State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Philadelphia Zoo, African American Historical Site at Boston, University Museum of Pennsylvania, The College of New Jersey, Richard Stockton College, Conference on Black Families in Urban America, Bell Labs, McGuire Air Force Base and Fort Dix.
Kwanzaa is a holiday of African heritage and values and is celebrated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.
Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.