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Creator of Kwanzaa to speak Dec. 3

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Nov 23, 2021

College of Lake County’s Kwanzaa celebration welcomes the holiday’s founder, Dr. Maulana Keranga, for a presentation titled Practicing Kwanzaa & the Seven Principles: Ensuring the Well-Being of the World.

Created by Keranga in 1966, Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated around the world. Kwanzaa brings a cultural message about what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. It is observed Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

Happy Kwanzaa graphicCLC is pleased to offer a speaker of this magnitude to the community. The college values the inclusion and celebration of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

“To bring Dr. Keranga to the College of Lake County is a great achievement and honor,” said Director of Student Activities and Inclusion Jorge Tennin. “It is a unique pan-African time of remembrance, reflection, reaffirmation and recommitment. It is a special time to remember and honor our ancestors, to reflect on what it means to be African and human in the most expansive and meaningful sense and to reaffirm the sacred beauty and goodness of ourselves and the rightfulness of our relentless struggle to be ourselves and free ourselves and contribute to an ever-expanding realm of freedom, justice and caring in the world.”

The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 3 on Zoom. Register for the event here.

For more information, contact Beverly Phelps at

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.