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Education, family, helping others in the spotlight at Morgan State's 26th annual Kwanzaa festival

Education, family, helping others in the spotlight at Morgan State's 26th annual Kwanzaa festival

Ashley Cooper says her daughters’ elementary schools stress the importance of attending college one day, but that’s far from the only positive long-term message she wants the girls to soak in.

The Baltimore mother wants Ky’anah Bishop, 11, and Kymah’ni Burrell, 7, to grow up valuing their own cultural heritage, curious about the world around them and confident in their creativity — all of which she says explains why she brought them Saturday to the Kwanzaa African-American Cultural Celebration at Morgan State University.

Cooper, her mother, Gwendolyn, and the two girls worked on crafts as they watched a succession of dancers, vocalists and speakers take to a stage and...

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