TEMECULA – Kwanzaa is an opportunity for families to gather and celebrate their rich cultural heritage. Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 that was the brainchild of Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor and chairman of Black studies at California State University Long Beach in 1966. At a time when rioting was prevalent near where Karenga lived and worked, he thought a celebration to unite African Americans as a community and help them reconnect with their African heritage could benefit his community. The name “Kwanzaa” is from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.” Kwanzaa pays homage to the traditional harvests that take place in Africa during December and January. Kwanzaa presents another way to refl
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