Kwanzaa History

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A holiday to celebrate African-American cultural heritage. Learn how this holiday got started in this free holiday history video.

Part of the Video Series: Kwanzaa Traditions & Customs
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Hi, I'm Masequa Myers. We will be talking about the celebration of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday created by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days and it begins December 26th and lasts through January 1st. Kwanzaa is a Swahili word meaning "first fruits." And the creator, Dr. Maulana Karenga, started this Kwanzaa celebration in the mid-60s. He is a chairperson and professor at California State University of the Department of Black Studies. He is also a renowned author of several books on African cultures, Egyptian cultures and traditions. Kwanzaa, the first fruits, celebration of family, community and culture. In our next clip, we will talk about the symbols of Kwanzaa.

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