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Kwanzaa (/ˈkwɑːn.zə/) is a celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the African diaspora in the Americas and lasts a week. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–67.

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Kujichagulia is the second principle of Kwanzaa and means "self determination." According to Maulana Karenga, this means, "to define ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves."

Contributed by Taylor Jackson

Kwanzaa was created in1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to celebrate family and African American culture. It begins December 26th - January 1st.

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Umoja is the first day celebrated in Kwanzaa meaning Unity

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The Music of Kwanzaa

Verbal enlightenment is not the only way to celebrate Kwanzaa. African Drummers preform songs that originate from West Africa and that are played during the holiday celebrations.

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During a large community celebration of Kwanzaa and West African culture, several listen to the words spoken by Dr. Felecia Piggott-Long. During the ceremony there are words spoken about the past, culture, stories, and celebrations of the week long festivities

Contributed by Brianna Moore

Growing up I had no idea what Kwanzaa was until I saw this episode of Proud Family. I think it is important that all members of society enrich each other with different (non violent) cultural experiences.

Contributed by Cate Mitchum

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