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12/26/02

Kwanzaa Begins Around The World

People from all over the coast gathered at the Good Deeds Community Center Thursday night to observe the first principle of Kwanzaa - Umoja, meaning unity.

Kwanzaa was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga , and it was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture - which are unity, self- determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

We met one man who has been celebrating Kwanzaa since its inception.

"We'd have maybe someone from the business community, from the economic community , from the religious community and we would talk about unity and in how they could unite for the betterment of the community . That's the spirit of Kwanzaa," said New Orleans business consultant Kwanza Abdul-Kajliq.

"I think it's important for us to pass down the tradition, to tell the story, I don't think that we tell our stories often enough and it gives the opportunity for the entire community to come together as one in celebration," said organizer Judy Whitfield.

The celebration also featured a display of artifacts from the Middle Passage Museum.

Kwanzaa is a cultural event, that can be celebrated by all faiths.

By Karla Redditte

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