Kwanzaa, a celebration of African heritage, begins

December 26, 2012 6:49:36 AM PST
Wednesday marks the first day of Kwanzaa. The holiday runs through January 1st and honors African heritage and culture.

Each day is dedicated to a different principle and the names are taken from the Swahili language.

They include Umoja or unity; then Kujichagulia or self-determination; Ujima or collective work and responsibility; Ujamaa or cooperative economics; Nia or purpose; Kuumba or creativity; and Imani or faith.

Several events are planned in Chicago, including celebrations at Malcolm X College, the DuSable Museum and the Bronzeville Children's Museum.

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