Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kwanzaa Display at the Library

Sisters Carolyn Hampton (left) and Janice Edwards (right) created a beautiful Kwanzaa display at the Winston County Library on behalf of WIN (Women In the NAACP). Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the U.S. and in other nations of the Western African dispersion in the Americas. Kwanzaa honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 until January 1, culminating in a feast of gift-giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966-1967.

The name Kwanzaa derives from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Kwanzaa has seven principles known as the Nguzo Saba. They are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.