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Kwanzaa Vs. Christmas For African-Americans


From Stephanie L. Ogle at bellaonline.com:

Kwanzaa is a spiritual remembrance of the past and a festive celebration of the present and future.
It’s festive, non-religious celebration, founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, is a time during which African-Americans celebrate and reflect upon their rich heritage. Beginning December 26 and lasting for seven days (till January 1st), each day focuses on one of seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Some African-Americans choose Kwanzaa as a way to recognize & connect with their African roots & culture. Some choose to celebrate Kwanzaa because they feel Christmas is a “white man’s holiday”. Others will choose to celebrate BOTH.

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