Kwanzaa celebration focuses on Gulfport children

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Gulf Coast Kwanzaa Coalition tried something different this year. For the first time, the 25-year-old organization had a celebration just for children Sunday night.

The Kids Kwanzaa Celebration was at the Good Deeds Community Center in Gulfport and drew about 60 people. It included the celebratory lighting of candles as well as a special dance performance by the Gifted and Talented classes from Pass Road and Central Elementary Schools.

The program also included special storytelling for the children and their parents.

This is also the first time that the coalition cut the traditional celebration time from seven days down to three days.

Terri Tyler is with the Gulf Coast Kwanzaa Coalition. "You know the world is changing. And we just wanted to change a little bit. Because, seven nights, every night, it gets kind of old, so we just wanted to do something different. And I think it's working." she said.

The celebration continues with a program just for teenagers at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Good Deeds Community Center and again for seniors at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Gulfport Senior Citizens Center.

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