Evansville African American Museum Hosts Kwanzaa Celebration Kick-Off Today

  • Evansville African American Museum Hosts Kwanzaa Celebration Kick-Off Today

Evansville African American Museum Hosts Kwanzaa Celebration Kick-Off Today

Kwanzaa's focus is the "Nguzo Saba", the Seven Principles - unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

"Kwanzaa is clearly a celebration of family, community and culture, but it is also a celebration of freedom, an act of freedom and an instrument of freedom", Karenga wrote. "The objective of Kwanzaa is to get us African American people in touch with our heritage, with who we are.to understand how we need to proceed". "In fact, you have two people standing here of two different religions talking to you".

The African-American community in Philadelphia is observing Kwanzaa, which is now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Kwanza begins today. HISTORY.com provides the following history of this celebration.

It's more of a cultural holiday.

The worldwide Kwanzaa Celebration traditionally lasts seven days, starting on December 26, and is observed through the week, ending on January 1.

"We are gathering together and unifying", said Lynnette Kimako Miller, co-coordinator of the Kwanzaa event.

"Beginning with the one in the center, the black candle, the black candle represents what we call "Umoja, ' which means 'unity" - that we should be unified as a people, we should be unified in everything that we do", Conyers explained.

"Kwanzaa is anchored in ancient traditions and timeless values that have given people of African descent the power to build great civilizations and thrive after extraordinary hardship", Mayor Eric Garcetti told City News Service. "Do you think it's as important now as it was then?"

Facts: Kwanzaa is based on traditional African harvest festivals.

"Adults learn from children just as much as children learn from adults", she said.

Kwanzaa first started in 1966. It is now an African-American holiday as well as a pan-African holiday.