Millions of people across the world are celebrating Kwanzaa this week. This celebration of African-American and Pan-African culture was founded in 1966, and Springfield’s formal observance begins Thursday.
The holiday has grown to be celebrated by millions across the world, spreading a message on the importance of African-American culture, heritage, and values.
Every year since 1966, from December 26 through January 1, generations come together to celebrate the seven principles of life that provide support for the cultural observance. Thursday, dozens of members of the Greater Springfield community will do just that.
The African American community pays tribute to the principles of Kwanzaa through the lighting of candles and the wearing of clothing denoting African heritage.
A Kwanzaa celebration will be held Thursday night at 6:00 at Muhammad Mosque 13, located at 727 State Street in Springfield.