Kwanzaa kick-off celebration at Bridge Street Town Centre

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Folks gathered at Bridge Street Town Centre to kick off the first day of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa honors African heritage in African-American culture and is observed from December 26 to January 1. Wednesday’s celebration included dancing, drumming and the lighting of the Unity candle in the kinara. The seven candles in a kinara symbolize the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

“Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Imani for Faith,” explained Khadijia Mbacke Owner of The Entu. 

There will be a Kwanzaa celebration happening at the Richard Showers Recreation Center on December 28 from 2 pm to 7 pm. 

They’re asking people to bring gently-used winter clothes to donate to the Downtown Rescue Mission.

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