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Hudson Valley Community College To Host Kwanzaa Celebration

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 210-4161

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, November 29, 2001

TROY, NY – Hudson Valley Community College's students, faculty and staff will participate in a Kwanzaa celebration.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2001.

WHERE: Siek Campus Center, Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy NY.

WHAT: African-American vendors will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first floor of the campus center. Hudson Valley students will lead "Expressions of Celebration" from 11 a.m. to noon on the first floor of the campus center. From noon to 2 p.m., the festivities will take place on the campus center's second floor, where there will be a feast featuring African-American foods and deserts.

WHY: An African-American celebration, Kwanzaa is a cultural happening rather than a religious event. It is a spiritual, festive and joyous celebration of the oneness and goodness of life, which claims no ties with any religion. Millions throughout America and the world recognize Kwanzaa, and it is celebrated often in community settings provided by homes, churches, mosques, temples, community centers, schools, and places of work.