Kwanzaa begins today, celebration set for Saturday

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DECATUR -- Kwanzaa begins Thursday, December 26, and a Decatur group plans to celebrate the holiday this weekend.

Kwanzaa is a holiday that honors African heritage and celebrates family, community, and culture. It was started in 1966 by professor, activist, and author Maulana Karenga.

According to Karenga, "Kwanzaa was created to reaffirm and restore our rootedness in African culture." It is a cultural rather than religious holiday, and can be celebrated regardless of a person's faith tradition.

The African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of IL., Inc. Museum will host its annual Kwanzaa Celebration, Saturday, December 28. It's at the Decatur Public Library from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Madden Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

This year's theme is "Preserving our Past Through Unity in Our Community". The keynote speaker will be Billy Tyus, Assistant City Manager for the City of Decatur.

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