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Kwanzaa Celebrated at Pan African Historical Museum

kwanzaaSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Today the Pan African Historical Museum in Tower Square in Springfield held a Kwanzaa celebration.

They had speakers on the topic, storytelling, movies and activities for the children.

A big part of today’s event was to teach people who may not be familiar with Kwanzaa about the traditions and meaning.

“this celebration gives not only African Americans an identity, but it really empowers them to understand who they are as African Americans, ” said Ayanna Crawford, a Kwanzaa consultant.

“it’s always a great time to share traditions about Africa, and now to pass it on to my own children,” explained Amilcar Shabazz, Chair of the Afro-American Studies Department at UMass.

Kwanzaa is a seven day celebration that began in 1966.

Each day of Kwanzaa focuses on a certain principle, such as unity, faith, and purpose.