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Kwanzaa begins today, local celebration scheduled

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Today is the first day of Kwanzaa. The week-long, non-religious holiday was first observed in 1966. It celebrates African-American cultures and traditions. For seven days, Kwanzaa calls on all of us to focus on seven principles: Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will celebrate the holiday with its annual Kwanzaa program on Thursday, December 26.. The event will kick off with a hands-on workshop at 5 p.m. in the Abraham L. Woods Community Meeting Room. Elinor Burks will lead this activity for families. The community celebration will begin at 6 p.m. in the Odessa Woolfolk Gallery. The ceremony will highlight the principle of "Unity." The celebration will feature music, youth discussion on the principle of Unity, African drummers and a performance by Spoken Word Artist, Glenwood.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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