Three local nonprofit organizations are continuing their collaboration to educate the community on the seven-day holiday known as Kwanzaa. Started in 1966 by Maulana Ron Karenga, Kwanzaa is based on seven principles and various symbols that are used to uplift the black community and strengthen family bonds. This is the twenty-seventh consecutive year this activity has been presented through the generosity of the members of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida A&M University. Woodard, from, whom the event was named, was the chairperson and lifeblood of the event until her demise in 2010. Since that time her daughter, Vanessa Woodard Byers, has assumed leadership in coordinating the event and established a foundation in her parents’ name to support this event and other cultural activities. For more information, email Vanessa Woodard Byers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-343- 9088.