This special Outdoor Equity Alliance Kwanzaa Celebration at Grounds for Sculpture is on December 28th, the third day of Kwanzaa. On this day we celebrate, Ujima, which means ‘Collective Work & Responsibility’ — “To build and maintain our community together, making our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and solving them together.”
Outdoor Equity Alliance Presents: OEA Changemaker Award 2023
The Outdoor Equity Alliance is honored to present the first ever “OEA Changemaker Award” to Aaron T. Watson, Co-Founder of the Outdoor Equity Alliance, Executive Director of the Mercer County Park Commission & Deputy Administrator for Mercer County and Director of Transportation.
Aaron Watson’s unwavering dedication and lifelong service to environmental advocacy and park equity in New Jersey makes him a beacon for our inaugural award. His legacy exemplifies the core values and mission of the OEA, highlighting the transformative power of nature in our communities.
Please join us for this special recognition at our 2023 Kwanzaa Celebration, set against the inspiring canvas of Grounds for Sculpture.
Kwanzaa is a secular, non-religious, holiday, whose name translates from Swahili to “first fruits,” referencing the holiday’s roots in traditional harvest festivals. Instead of centering on religious traditions, Kwanzaa focuses on culture, community, and family. Kwanzaa is celebrated during the 7 days from December 26 to January 1.
About the Outdoor Equity Alliance (OEA)
The OEA’s mission is to create and implement attractive, accessible, and equitable educational and academic experiences and career opportunities for people of all ages, races and ethnicities, income levels and abilities, with a focus on people from emerging communities, to enjoy nature and become stewards of the outdoors and provide an avenue for deeper engagement in the environmental sector.
Celebrating Kwanzaa involves lighting of seven candles, one for each day of the holiday. Each candle represents one of the Nguzo Saba principles, which are:
Umoja (Unity) * Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) * Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility) * Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) * Nia (Purpose) Kuumba (Creativity) * Imani (Faith)
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