Marianne Powell reflects on how faith guided the past year of her life during a public Kwanzaa celebration in Flossmoor Park. Powell’s daughter JaOni Rousseau stands with her. (Bill Jones/H-F Chronicle)
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Kwanzaa Night 7: Marianne Powell closes Flossmoor’s weeklong celebration after yearlong journey

Marianne Powell promised herself she would not get emotional, but she paused for just a moment as she started to tell her story. The past year, after all, was a year of change for Powell. And she was about to address a small crowd gathered at Flossmoor Park on the final night of Kwanzaa.

“Faith has kept me in 2022 and has brought me to 2023,” Powell said. “I’m such a happier person than I was last year. I am just excited for what is to come.”

Marianne Powell and her daughter JaOni Rousseau light . . .

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