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SYMBOL OF BLACK PRIDE: Kwanzaa observers salute black culture, heritage and identity

  It’s still not quite a household word, but in the last 50 years, Kwanzaa — the African-American holiday observed during the week between Christmas and New Year’s — has undoubtedly become an indelible part of the winter holiday season. Many institutions, from churches to community groups, have Kwanzaa events; begun in the United States, Read More…

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As it nears its 50th year, Kwanzaa strives for relevance

LOS ANGELES — While many people are focusing on after-Christmas sales on Dec. 26, many African Americans in South Los Angeles will turn their attention to the seven-day “Festival of First Fruits,” otherwise known as Kwanzaa. Throngs of residents, community organizations and businesses are expected to participate in the half-century old family- and community-centered holiday Read More…