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Kodak and Network North Star Support the Commemoration of Kwanzaa


ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 21 -- The 2005 Kwanzaa season is fast approaching and Network North Star, Kodak’s African American employee network, is joining forces with the Rochester Kwanzaa Coalition, AKWABAA, to promote the celebration and awareness of Kwanzaa in the Rochester community.

Kwanzaa is a celebration lasting seven days, each day representing one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The festivities begin on Monday, December 26, 2005 and end Sunday, January 1, 2006. AKWABAA has organized events for the first six days of Kwanzaa leaving the seventh to be celebrated more intimately with family.

To support the activities, Kodak has donated seven digital products – five KODAK EASYSHARE Picture Viewers, a product that stores 150 of your favorite pictures to a credit card sized digital viewing device and two KODAK EASYSHARE C340 Zoom Digital Cameras.

“Through our employees in Network North Star, we support the seven principles of Kwanzaa that promote an environment where teams and people utilize their heritage for the advancement of society and community,” said Philip Faraci, Kodak’s African American Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Champion. Faraci is president of Kodak’s Consumer Digital Imaging Group, and a senior vice president.

NNS members from Kodak will be present for each event, offering one of the seven products for raffle, with proceeds benefiting the Rochester Kwanzaa Coalition.

The first principle of Kwanzaa, UMOJA (Unity) will be celebrated at the Baobab Cultural Center, 315 Gregory Street, from 6-8 pm on Dec. 26.
KUJICHAGULIA (Self-determination) will be celebrated at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue, from 5:30-8 pm on Dec. 27.
On Dec. 28, UJIMA (Collective work and responsibility) will be celebrated at the Phyllis Wheatley Library, 33 Samuel McCree Way from 3-5 pm.
UJAMAA (Cooperative economics) will be celebrated Dec. 29 at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue from 4-9 pm.
The fifth principle of Kwanzaa, NIA (Purpose) will be observed Dec. 30 at the North Street Recreation Center, 700 North Avenue, from 3-6 pm.
On New Year’s Eve, the sixth principle of KUUMBA (Creativity) will be rejoiced at the Montgomery Neighborhood Center with a Kwanzaa Karamu (Feast) located at 10 Cady Street starting at 5:00pm.
The seventh principle of Kwanzaa, IMANI(Faith) is celebrated privately in whatever way individuals see fit, on Jan.1, 2006.


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