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CUHS club hosting Kutembelea Saturday

February 14, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

In honor of Black History Month, the Afro-Black American Club of Central Union High School will host the 11th annual Kutembelea on Saturday in El Centro's Bucklin Park.

Kutembelea, meaning "to visit," will feature a wide variety of cultural entertainment from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

From break dancing, folklorico and karate demonstrations to the smooth sounds of Valley Jazz and church choirs, the family-friendly event will have something for everyone.

In his effort to bring a visual celebration of black history to the Imperial Valley, Donald Walker, a teacher at Central, started Kutembelea in 1990.

According to an event handout, Kutembelea has several purposes not exclusive to Black History Month. Family, friends and the meeting of new acquaintances is one such priority.

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The objective of building camaraderie between agencies, organizations and community is apparent in the inclusion of a display of several protective services such as U.S. Customs, Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies.

Walker cites the "spirit within me of my ancestors" as a driving force behind his efforts to celebrate Black History Month within the community and Central Union High School.

"The more I read of their accomplishments under dire, inhumane and inhuman conditions to rise above and to become one of the pure elements of American history," encourages Walker to spread awareness of African-American accomplishments, accomplishments Walker thinks are still being denied historically and educationally in textbooks and school curriculums.

Bucklin Park is on Eighth Street south of Ross Avenue in El Centro.

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