Kwanzaa Celebration in Gulfport
Each day of Kwanzaa focuses on a different principal and today is all about celebrating self-determination. The seven day celebration is a time for remembering, reassessing, recommitting, and rejoicing.
Hundreds came together at the Good Deeds Community Center in Gulfport this evening to celebrate the second day of Kwanzaa, which is Swahili for “first fruits.”
Members of the Gulf Coast Kwanzaa Coalition host the annual program as a way to educate the community and encourage more families to adopt and apply the principles of Kwanzaa. Gulf Coast Kwanzaa Coalition President Michael Daniels said, “I’ve just found out that, just from my travels throughout the world, everyone practices these seven principles, but it’s not called Kwanzaa. I encourage everyone after today to practice Kwanzaa year round.”
Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and ends on January 1st. This is the 50th year of the celebration.