How to Celebrate Kwanzaa In the (Messy) Year of 2021

Here’s something you might not know: Even though it’s drenched in deeply rich traditions, Kwanzaa has only actually been around since 1966. I know, I was surprised too!

During the Civil Rights Movement, Kwanzaa founder Maulana Karenga, PhD, professor and chairman of Black studies at California State University, Long Beach, was determined to find a way to bring the African American community together to persevere through hardship. Thus, the weeklong cultural celebration highlighting family, friends, and community, was born.

Despite its relatively new history, Kwanzaa is observed by millions of Black Americans in the United States and spans from December 26 through January 1. Each day of the week represents

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