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Farish Street celebrates first day of Kwanzaa

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The week-long holiday which honors African heritage began Saturday.

The Farish Street/Main Street project held its annual Kwanzaa celebration at the Farish Street Park.

Dozens of people joined the festivities.  Participants enjoyed lots of food, music and dancing.

Members of the community, churches and businesses were invited to come and help decorate Christmas trees to show support for the historic Farish Street District.

 "This is the first African-American settlement in the city of Jackson for freed slaves and Farish Street was the business street for the community followed. So we are back in the neighborhood celebrating Kwanzaa, celebrating life, celebrating togetherness and celebrating our unity," said James T. Anderson, president of the Farish Street/Main Street Project.

There are seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Saturday's celebration focused on the first principle -- Umoja or unity of the family, nation and race.

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