Kwanzaa in DeLand: A celebration of culture

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Kwanzaa

PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The African American Museum of the Arts in DeLand presented its annual Kwanzaa celebration on Dec. 28. The guest speaker was Sean King, vice president of the West Volusia NAACP. 

The free event focused on the purpose, principles and history of Kwanzaa. It featured food, music and traditions associated with the holiday. Mary Allen, executive director of the museum, also talked about the holiday. 

Kwanzaa, a holiday that honors African culture and traditions, runs from Dec. 26 through Jan.1.

Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga as an act of cultural reconstruction. 

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The holiday celebrates seven principles, also known as Nguzo Saba. These principals are umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity) and imani (faith).

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