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Why Trump's Kwanzaa Message Is Being Ridiculed RN
January 21 2018, 12:28 | Irvin Gilbert
Unaffiliated with any religion, Kwanzaa is a celebration of community, family and culture that was established as a way for African-Americans to reconnect with their roots and heritage. From how long it lasts to its seven principles, here's what you need to know!
Following the violent and deadly Watts riots in Los Angeles, Maulana wanted a way to bring African Americans together to celebrate their heritage, according to History.com.
In New Haven, the Black and Hispanic Caucus of the city's Board of Alders invites the public to attend and participate in the Annual Kwanzaa Celebration on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.in the City Hall Atrium, 165 Church St.
President Donald Trump's first White House statement honoring Kwanzaa left out language celebrating African-American culture that had become a staple of former President Barack Obama's comments about the holiday. The holiday, which always runs from December 26 to January 1, derives its name from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza", meaning "first fruits".
The kinara holds seven candles, three red and three green, with one black candle int he center. Kwanzaa celebrations usually feature songs, dances, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large meal.
Earlier in the day, it seemed possible that Trump would be the first president in decades to fail to make note of the Kwanzaa holiday, but that situation, at least, was averted. The seven principles are: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith).