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December 18, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
Join the Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center and learn more about Kwanzaa! All are invited for conversations, performances, and arts and crafts celebrating the principles of Kwanzaa. Elizabeth Washington, retired educator, will be speaking about the history, impact and significance of this holiday.
Kwanzaa is the reinstitution of traditional African agricultural celebrations recognizing the importance of working together and harvesting the first fruits. It is the kind of celebration that was common to most African societies, although it is not taken from any particular geographical region of Africa.
Dr. Maulana Karenga re-established the celebration in the United States in 1966. He created Kwanzaa to introduce Africans born in the United States to the values of their ancestors, but the celebration has become popular with the people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds due to the universal principles which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community, and culture.
Kwanzaa is celebrated each year from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. To learn more and experience the traditions of Kwanzaa, such as traditional songs and lighting of the candles, plan to join the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center on Saturday, December 18! See the flyer here