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.