New Orleans Public Library
African American Resource Center
Kwanzaa Celebration
December 28, 2002

Kwanzaa tables like this one graced many African American homes during the Kwanzaa season, December 26 -- January 1. Started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa is an African American holiday that renews the 7 principals of the Nguzo Saba: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith).

The African American Resource Center invited patrons to create Kwanzaa cards and Kwanzaa gifts to celebrate the spirit of Kuumba (creativity).

AARC staff member, JoAnn Allen, helps a young patron make a key chain as a Kwanzaa gift. A non-commercial holiday, Kwanzaa gifts are created rather than purchased.

A grandmother and her grandchild make Kwanzaa cards to share with other family members.

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