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Kwanzaa event features African drummers, dance and theater

Kwanzaa event features African drummers, dance and theater

With rapt attention, 4-year-old Alexis Gamble fixed her eyes on three teenage girls, bare-footed in vibrant-colored dresses, as they danced to traditional African beats on Saturday, the fourth day of Kwanzaa. The Gamble family, of Owings Mills, lights a candle each day of the seven-day holiday that was created in 1966 by Eastern Shore native Maulana Karenga to reflect on African culture. They were among more than 350 who turned out for the annual celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. "The kids loved the drums," Tekoa Gamble said of Alexis and her 8-year-old brother, Lavar. "So far, everything's been a good education for them." Gamble and her husband,...

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