SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - LYNC usually puts on an in-person performance explaining the significance of the colors and principles of Kwanzaa.

 A total of 40-60 kids usually participate, but this year because of gathering restrictions, 25-30 kids participated and the event was recorded and will be streamed online. Erica Austin, leader at LYNC, said because this year was particularly stressful, Kwanzaa celebrations became even more significant. 

"Because we're still here. Despite all that has happened, we have persevered and are still here and that says a lot about who we are as people, and that we're resilient," Austin said.

She said she has had kids come back even when they are in college, saying how much the principles have helped them. 

"My college kids especially, this has carried them on. they have provided testimonies on how these principles and values have carried throughout their college career," Austin said. 

The event will be streamed on their Facebook page on Jan. 1 at 1PM.

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