Kwanzaa begins - - Jackson, MS

Kwanzaa begins

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Christmas holiday is nearing the end, but Kwanzaa begins.

It is a week-long celebration honoring African heritage in African-American culture, observed from December 26th to January 1st, often including drumming and musical selections.

In addition to the traditional events, there is a special viewing of a documentary called, "They Call It Home: Farish Street".

It was produced by filmmaker, Dr. Wilma Clopton, who says Farish Street was much more than juke joints and restaurants.

Clopton said, "We're preserving a legacy of people who, not only were lawyers and doctors, there were hospitals here; many churches, of course, but Jackson was considered the booming place here in Farish Street in the 1950's."

Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the principles of African heritage.

Click Kwanzaa for more information on the observance of this celebration.

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