- Nov 17, 2006
What is Kwanzaa? It is a nonreligious seven-day celebration that emphasizes family, culture and community. It starts the day after Christmas and and ends on January 1. Kwanzaa, pronounced “kwahn-zuh,” was founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor and chair, department of Africana studies, executive director of the African American Cultural Center, author and activist. And it is no coincidence that Dr. Karenga founded the holiday in 1966 in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. He believed it to be “an act of cultural recovery and reconstruction.”
Kwanzaa Is Not ‘Black Christmas’—Here’s What It Actually Is (And How We Celebrate)
There are holidays from different cultures and ethnicities to learn about. This holiday season is the perfect time to talk to your kids about Kwanzaa.