Monday Music for Kwanzaa!

Joyful Kwanzaa to all my readers of African descent ! ♡

Eyrie Of An Aries

Today marks the first day of Kwanzaa, which is a celebration of family, community, and culture, observed mainly by those of us in the African Diaspora. This is also the 50th anniversary of this holiday, which was first created by Maulana Karenga and celebrated in 1966 – 1967. From Wikipedia:

Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966, as the first specifically African-American holiday. According to Karenga, the name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning “first fruits of the harvest”, although a more conventional translation would simply be “first fruits”. The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s, although most of the Atlantic slave trade that brought African people to America originated in West Africa.

Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s and was…

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