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When is Kwanzaa?

Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues through January 1st. It is an African American celebration of family, culture, and community. This holiday has roots in ancient African celebrations of the first harvest. In fact, the term Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits." Dr. Maulana Karenga, an African American scholar and activist, held the first modern Kwanzaa celebration in 1966. Learn more about Kwanzaa at the holiday's official Website.

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Kwanzaa? Today, Thursday, December 27, children ages 6-12 can come to Atkinson Library from 2:00-3:00 p.m. or Martin Luther King Library from 2:00-3:00 p.m. to make a Kwanzaa craft to take home.


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