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Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States that honors African heritage in African-American culture. It was created in 1966, pulling from several African Harvest ceremonies, and revolves around 7 principles and symbols which represent and reflect African culture and reinforce the idea of community. Kwanzaa is observed from December 26th to January 1st and culminates in gift-giving and a big feast.
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Kwanzaa: A Cultural Celebration
Kwanzaa—a more and more widely observed holiday—provides African-Americans with a unique celebration that is rooted in the rich African tradition of their ancestors and the symbolism of the African harvest. This program offers a look—through the eyes of African-Americans—at the principles and practices of this joyous holiday.
Babatunde demonstrates how he carves kinaras. Malik Seneferu explains the holiday lasts seven days and each candle represents a principle. Artists build satchels as a gift.
Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa, has had a profound impact on the African-American culture as well as the evolution of Black Studies. He is founder of several Black Nationalist organizations and a key figure in the shaping of black thought. In this program from Tony Brown's Journal, Karenga and Tony Brown discuss the direction of this evolution.
The Black Power movement encouraged African Americans to reconnect with their ancestral identity. Dr. Maulana Karenga describes founding Kwanzaa.
The History, Principles, and Symbols of Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States that honors African heritage in African-American culture. Kwanzaa is observed from December 26th to January 1st, and culminates in gift giving and a big feast.
Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966.
Kwanzaa: The Food and Traditions
A Kwanzaa menu can range broadly depending on family traditions, from classic African-American soul food to dishes from every point of the African diaspora.
Recipes and food stories from the African Diaspora
Official Kwanzaa Website
As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.