Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. It was established in 1966 by Dr. Maulana (Ron) Karenga, a professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Karenga is an author and scholar-activist who wanted to stress the indispensable need to preserve, continually revitalize and promote African-American culture.
Celebrated from December 26th thru January 1st, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili, a Pan-African language which is the most widely spoken African language. The second