The Principles and Symbols of Kwanzaa Explained

The Principles and Symbols of Kwanzaa Explained

In the 1960s, Black Americans were pushing back against longstanding racism, and one of the tools used to do this was Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa, which comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” or “first fruits,” was created in 1966 by Black Nationalist and Activist Maulana Karenga. He established the holiday after the Watts Riots as …

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