The African Canadian Heritage Association’s (ACHA) Kwanzaa Show is fast becoming an annual tradition. Earlier this month, the organization held its eighth annual show at the Church of the Nativity in Scarborough.
The event celebrated the seven Kwanzaa principles which serve as the backbone for all ACHA programming throughout the year. The Kwanzaa Show featured various performances, including the ACHA students and parents, the ACHA Drumming Ensemble, students from the Knowledge Cultural Class in Brampton, along with an African Marketplace and a Kwanzaa Karamu feast.
The ACHA program has taught African and Caribbean history to children in the community since 1969, when parents decided to ensure that their children received a full understanding and appreciation of their history.
Organized by the parents in the program, the Kwanzaa Show highlights student accomplishments while discussing the true meaning of Kwanzaa to the community.
“Kwanzaa is a celebration of African traditional life, family and community principles and values, and is not a religious event and not in competition with Christmas,” said ACHA President, Carole Cushnie.