JACKSON, Miss. -- Kwanzaa begins the day after Christmas and continues through New Year’s Day. “So it’s seven days of commitment, reflection, (and) celebration of African and African American history and culture,” said Angela Stewart, Vice President of Woman For Progress of Mississippi. Her group has sponsored Kwanzaa celebrations for more than 30 years.
The daily celebration focuses on one of seven principles including unity, self-determination, purpose, creativity and faith. “First we have a drum call that helps to bring us together for the celebration,” explained Stewart.
Then there are speakers, poems, music and other entertainment that focuses on the principle of the day. “And then we finish off with a feast table. And the feast consist of traditional African American foods,” said Stewart.
A list of locations and times for Kwanzaa celebrations hosted by Women For Progress of Mississippi can be found on their website, womenforprogress.net.