Kwanzaa celebrators pack Free Library for show of unity

Antionette Lee
December 26, 2018 - 3:16 pm
A holiday tradition at the Free Library of Philadelphia continues for the first day of Kwanzaa.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A holiday tradition at the Free Library of Philadelphia continues for the first day of Kwanzaa.

Queen was one of the talented performers who helped kickoff the cultural celebration, and said that "I love Kwanzaa because Kwanzaa is a special day." 

Kwanzaa is actually a weeklong celebration and the first day is called Umoja. 

Five-year-old Cairo told KYW Newsradio what the word means. 

"Unity," he said. "It means we work together." 

Hundreds showed up in unity to watch the performances, which commemorate the day. 

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Darnetta Green Mason of West Philadelphia brought her grandchildren to the celebration.  

"That's something I would like for our family to always remember - to stick together," she said. 

Maisha Sullivan Ongoza of the Kwanzaa Cooperative reflected on why the theme is so important right now for the nation and Philadelphia.  

"To work better together, be supportive and for the community to be much more supportive to deal with some of the issues that are really destabilizing," Ongoza said.