Why Are More African Americans Not Celebrating Kwanzaa?

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

Monday marks the first day of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. But why are more African Americans not celebrating?

Born out of the social upheaval of the 1960s, a California professor started Kwanzaa as a way for African Americans to reconnect with one another and with their ancestry.

During Kwanzaa seven candles represent seven principles. Each candle is lit on a different night. It's considered a harvest celebration, paying tribute to how far one has come and where one is going.

A week full of Kwanzaa activities is slated for this week at Tallahassee’s Eason Civil Rights Museum. Kwanzaa runs until January 1.


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