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Thank You! 2019 Kwanzaa Celebration & Kujichagulia Marketplace

I would like to give a heartfelt "Thank You" to Principal Bruschi, Director Ham and Assistant Director Williams for your collaboration and support of the 2nd Annual Kwanzaa Celebration & Kujichagulia Marketplace on Friday, December 27, 2019 at I.S. 49! A special "Thank You" to Superintendent Shirley McKinney, Deputy Superintendent Lorena Harris and Staff at the African Burial Ground National Monument, 290 Broadway, New York, NY for the exhibit loan of the Kinara! This beautiful artifact made our Kwanzaa Celebration that much more special. "Thank You" to NYC Parks & Recreation for the use of their portable stage! We greatly appreciated your efforts and support. A huge "THANK YOU" to the community supporters, performers, educators, vendors, volunteers, school safety and attendees whose participation was vital to the success of this event! A very special "Thank You" to my Mom, Clara Fleshman, Clara's Crochet & Knitwear and my Sun, Virgilio F. Meyers, II, MTA's Finest for their love and support! "Thank You" Derek Alvez, Staten Island Advance for capturing memoriable moments as we celebrated the second principle of Kwanzaa - Kujichagulia. Self determination. "To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves." "I cannot thank you enough for reaching out to me, when you and Michael were searching for talent. I had a blast and the audience was fabulous!" Said Christine Dixon, Harriet Tubman Herself, Staten Island, NY "Thank you for letting me be a part of it. I saw a lot of old friends and was able to support some Black businesses. And I did what I came to do. It was fun and fruitful. A blessing. Keep my number and let me know early about other opportunities. Be blessed." Said Valerie K, Val's Crocheted Goods "Thank you so much for inviting us to perform at your Kwanzaa event. It was such a pleasure to perform for you. Thanks so much for your support." Said Robin Williams, Uptown Dance Academy, Inc., New York, NY "Thank you for the awesome opportunity to participate in the Kwanzaa Event! It was an enjoyable experience." Said Euphemia Strauchn, Wearable Energy by EuStra "Thank you for allowing me to assist in Stapleton's "Kwanzaa Celebration." It was an enjoyable and enlightening experience. The Cooking Workshop was very helpful and right on time." Said Felecia Van Exel, Volunteer, Staten Island, NY "Everyone was so friendly and sweet! Thank you so much for inviting me! Hopefully next year, you'll be able to have all the vendors in one area because I do think it affected the sales." Said Sheryl Kinney, Sister Sheryl's Sweets, East Orange, NJ Lookout for 2020: A 7 Day Kwanzaa Celebration!

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