On December 27, 2009, 800 visitors of all ages were on hand for Kwanzaa Family Day. The annual event featured a Kwanzaa ceremony, family art activities, African drumming, storytelling and dance demonstrations. It was also the occasion for Rochester Kwanzaa Coalition, community partner for the event, to recognize the contributions of “community heroes” Reggie Brown, Garth Fagan, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Langston, Curtis and Marie Rivers, Bertha Simpkins, and Dr. John Walker.
Kwanzaa Family Day was sponsored by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Target.
From left: Noted author and storyteller Dr. David Anderson leads a Kwanzaa ceremony. Members of the Kuumba Green Team show the importance of healthy living and environmental responsibility as they perform The Time is Now by Delores Jackson Radney. Kiah Nyame presents a Community Heroes award to Curtis and Marie Rivers. Photos by Brandon Vick.