Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Celebrating Kwanzaa

From my Favorite Channel and website History of Kwanzaa video

Family Kwanzaa Celebration: Celebrated from December 26 through January 1, Kwanzaa is a holiday inspired by various African harvest celebrations. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" in Swahili. (Photo Credit: Hill Street Studios/Blend Images/Corbis)

Seven Symbols and Seven Principles of Kwanzaa: On each night of the seven nights of Kwanzaa, people gather around the seven symbols (pictured) to discuss one of the seven values of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. (Photo Credit: CORBIS)

Dr. Maulana Karenga, 1966: Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966. Karenga wanted to initiate a nonpolitical and nonreligious celebration of African values. (Photo Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)

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