By: Emily Johnson
December 28, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Folks came together to celebrate the third day of Kwanzaa at the Bond Community Health Center. The third day of Kwanzaa is Ujima.
Miaisha Mitchell led the group in the celebration and has been practicing Kwanzaa since 1966. Mitchell said reinforcing the seven principles of Kwanzaa into her lifestyle is important to her. "Everyday I try to practice one of those principles so that it becomes a part of who you are everyday. So you know you do these things as a practical way of living," said Mitchell.
A table set up at the front of the room showcased handmade items to represent the values of Kwanzaa. Also an ancestry table was on display to help folks remember and learn from those who have died including the former South African President Nelson Mandela. "There is a picture of him on our table, which has a number of ancestors who have gone on before us who have worked very hard to get us to where we are today," said Mitchell.
One of the participants in the celebration was nine-year-old violinist Imani Walker. Walker has a special connection with the holiday, because she is named after the seventh day of Kwanzaa which stands for faith. Walker said she is thankful for the traditions of celebrating Kwanzaa her mother and grandmother have instilled in her. "It's pretty exciting to be a Kwanzaa day," said Walker.
On Sunday the fourth day of Kwanzaa will be celebrated, Ujamaa. Kwanzaa will go until January 1, 2014.