Kwanzaa Research Paper

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Kwanzaa is a seven day or “week-long” celebration held in the United States and in the Americas and other nations of the West African diaspora. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, with a feast and partaking of gifts. Kwanzaa has seven core principles. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966 through 1967. Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga (born Ronald McKinley Everett July 14, 1941) is an African-American professor of Africana studies, activist and author, best known as the creator of the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa. Karenga was a major figure in the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and co-founded with Hakim Jamal the black nationalism and social change organization US.
He said his goal was to "give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society." It is inspired by African "first fruit"
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Kwanzaa celebratory symbols include a mat, Mkeka, on which other symbols are placed: A Kinara (candle holder), Mishumaa Saba (seven candles), mazao (crops), Muhindi (corn), a Kikombe cha Umoja (unity cup) for showing respect and giving shukrani (thanks) to African Ancestors, and Zawadi (gifts). Supplemental representations include a Nguzo Saba poster, the black, red, and green bendera (flag), and African books and artworks. All the represent values and concepts reflective of African culture and contribution to community building and reinforcement. Corn is the primary symbol for both decoration and celebratory dining. If you’re all about your African American heritage, then you should participate and celebrate
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