This year Kwanzaa, the festival of African-American culture, celebrates its 50th year. To honor this non-religious winter holiday, a team of community stalwarts including Brother Jeff Fard, Ms. Cleo Parker Robinson and Pastor Terrence Hughes, among many others, put on a celebration at Robinson’s dance studio at the former Shorter A.M.E. Church at Park Avenue West and Washington Street.
A true community event, the barrier between performers on stage and audience in seats was a porous one, with people streaming across the border to become part of the action. Here’s what we saw.
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