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Brief: Alexandria Black History Museum to Host Kwanzaa Celebration Program

— The Alexandria Black History Museum and Culture Kingdom Kids will host a Kwanzaa Celebration program on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Museum. The cost of admission for this event is $5.

The museum's annual program explores the history and significance of Kwanzaa. Learn about the principles of Kwanzaa, a seven-day cultural celebration that begins Dec. 26 and ends Jan. 1, and find out how to incorporate it into your holiday season. The program will be produced by Culture Kingdom Kids. Jessica Smith, Director of Culture Kingdom Kids and a Kwanzaa expert, will lead participants in learning fun ways to celebrate the seven days of Kwanzaa through a variety of creative games, interactive songs, dances and hands-on crafts.

Culture Kingdom Kids is an educational arts company that produces children's programs celebrating African-American cultures. Since 2010, Culture Kingdom Kids has promoted cultural pride and heritage awareness through fun and interactive performances and workshops at schools, festivals, community centers and museums. In 2011, Culture Kingdom Kids founder and owner Jessica Smith received the Africa Showcase Award for Excellence in Children's Cultural Programs. In 2012, Smith was recognized as one of the Forty UNDER 40 by the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund for her exceptional contributions in education through Culture Kingdom Kids. Visit www.culturekingdomkids.com.

The Alexandria Black History Museum is located at 902 Wythe Street in Alexandria's Parker-Gray Historic District and is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons needing special accommodation must notify the museum two weeks prior to the event. The Museum is within walking distance of the Braddock Road Metro on the Yellow and Blue Lines. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org.