Gulf Coast Kwanzaa Celebration Wednesday at Good Deeds Community Center

The celebration of Kwanzaa began yesterday and the Gulf Coast Kwanzaa Coalition will host its 30th annual Kwanzaa Celebration tomorrow.

Kwanza was created in 1966 and is an African American and Pan-African holiday that celebrates history, values, family, community, and culture.

The ideas and concepts of Kwanzaa are expressed in the Swahili language, one of the most widely spoken languages in Africa.

The seven principles celebrated each day were drawn from values found throughout the African continent.

Kwanzaa continues through New Year’s Day and culminates with a feast and gift-giving. The seven-day celebration is a time for remembering, reassessing, recommitting, and rejoicing. Gulf Coast Kwanzaa Coalition Founding Member Judy Lombard Barkum said, “What we wanted to do this year was to call in community people who are working in the community and say we are not in competition, we are in this together. What can we do to work collectively to take responsibility for what needs to be done in our community to make this a better place.”

The local Kwanzaa celebration will take place Wednesday at the Good Deeds Community Center in Gulfport at 6:30 p.m. It is free to the public.

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