Lawnside to hold annual Kwanzaa celebration
LAWNSIDE The borough will hold its 20th annual Kwanzaa celebration Dec. 29 at the Wayne Bryant Community Center.

The celebration, which is free and open to the public, started two decades ago and brings together upward of 150 community members for entertainment, art, music, dance, a candlelight ceremony, and food.

Dolores Streater Logan, chairwoman for the Lawnside Kwanzaa Celebration Committee, started the event, which this year falls in the middle of the seven-day festival, as a way to bring the community together.

"It's a chance to celebrate African American culture, and this is an African American community," Logan said. "It's for anyone who wants to share in that."

The land that became the borough of about 3,000 was purchased by abolitionists for freed and escaped slaves, and other African Americans, in 1840.

In 1926 it became the first independent self-governing African American community north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

A meal, cooked on-site that day, will be served at the celebration, which starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 9.

- Julia Terruso