Created: 12/26/2013 6:32 PM WHEC.com
It's a celebration of family, community, and culture. Thursday night marks the first night of Kwanzaa.
The seven day holiday was created in 1966. It's centered around seven principles which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people.
Thursday night's celebrations will focus on the principle of unity.
"These principles are things that we have been following for thousands of years. But they had to be brought back again, they had to be reiterated, because we forget. As we assimilate into different cultures and different societies, we forget what our grounding was, and we need to remember that,” said Terry Chaka, Director of the Baobab Cultural Center.
The creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, will give a keynote address to the community on Sunday, December 29 at the Memorial Art Gallery 2 p.m.