Sunday marks first day of Kwanzaa - - Jackson, MS

Sunday marks first day of Kwanzaa

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Kwanzaa celebrations began Sunday. The seven day African American holiday starts now and runs through January 1.

About a dozen people gathered in Farish Street Baptist church to honor African-American heritage and culture. The group sang songs, ate ethnic foods and lit the first candle.

Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa focuses on seven different principles. Today focuses on Umoja or unity.

"Kwanza is a celebration. It celebrates our connection with our African heritage. It's about a celebration of family, community and peace and togetherness," said James Talmadge Anderson, president of Farish St.-Main St. Project.

The party was hosted by the Farish Street- Main Street Project which holds the celebration every year.

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