Philly neighborhood celebrates Kwanzaa together in way unique to them

Justin Udo
December 27, 2018 - 4:17 pm
The Kwanzaa celebration in Philadelphia continues, and the city's neighborhoods come together for the weeklong celebration.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Kwanzaa celebration in Philadelphia continue as the city's neighborhoods come together for the weeklong celebration.

Unity, self-determination, creativity, purpose and faith are a few of the themes celebrated on different days during Kwanzaa.

"Kwanzaa is about those principles, and then pushing those principles out into the atmosphere, to be celebrated 365 days a year," said Judith Robinson, who, along with the Strawberry Mansion Civic Association, held a Kwanzaa celebration Thursday at the HatField House in Fairmount Park, observing Kujichagulia, which means self-determination in Swahili.

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"Self-determination, especially for an African-American community, is very important," Robinson said. 

Judith used the time to talk about how the people in attendance could use self-determination in their every day lives, in particular when it comes to gentrification.

"We are home owners in this area, we have a high rate of home ownership, and we can choose to stay or leave, and not be pushed out by any gentrification," she said. 

During the Kujichagulia celebration, people shared their definition of self-determination before playing music, reading poems and eating a meal together.