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11/19/2012

Susie Hinton Will Provide Keynote Address for Kwanzaa Celebration

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 Susie Hinton, former Rock Hill councilmember for Ward 1, will be the keynote speaker for the 2012 Kwanzaa Celebration on Nov. 27.
 Hinton will speak on Kujichagulia, which means self-determination.
 The 7 p.m. celebration will be held in Dina’s Place, located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center.

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Susie Hinton
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Susie Hinton, former Rock Hill councilmember for Ward 1, will be the keynote speaker for the 2012 Kwanzaa Celebration on Nov. 27.

Hinton will speak on Kujichagulia, which means self-determination, and is one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. This year's 7 p.m. celebration in Dina’s Place, located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center, will include Hinton’s speech, a musical performance by Vision of Prayze and a performance by Dance in Motion. The program also will include the aspects of a typical Kwanzaa Celebration: welcoming, remembering, reassessment, recommitment and rejoicing, concluded by a farewell statement and a call for greater unity. A short reception will follow at 8 p.m. in 114 DiGiorgio Campus Center.

Hinton earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University and she earned her master’s degree in elementary education at the University of Hartford. She is an advocate for education, having served as principal, acting principal, vice principal, master teacher and mentor. Hinton also is a full-time volunteer/community activist, working with St. Mary Catholic Church, the Rock Hill Branch of the NAACP, Rock Hill Christian Educators Association International and Central City Optimist Club.

Kwanzaa, a non-religious celebration founded in 1966, is based on seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Traditionally celebrated Dec. 26-Jan. 1, Kwanzaa is celebrated before Christmas break at Winthrop.

The Nov. 27 celebration is an approved global cultural event for students.

For more information, contact Kinyata Adams Brown, program director for Multicultural Student Life and Off-Campus Student Affairs, at 803/323-4503.

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