Celebrate Kwanzaa

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Did you know Kwanzaa was started in 1966? Dr. Maulana Karenga created the holiday to offer African Americans an alternative for the Christmas and New Year season. Kwanzaa is based on seven principles, that over seven days, are discussed and celebrated. Learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa and more.

Join author Linda Jacobs Altman and learn about the history behind Kwanzaa, the symbols associated with the holiday, and how it is celebrated...

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Overview

Did you know Kwanzaa was started in 1966? Dr. Maulana Karenga created the holiday to offer African Americans an alternative for the Christmas and New Year season. Kwanzaa is based on seven principles, that over seven days, are discussed and celebrated. Learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa and more.

Join author Linda Jacobs Altman and learn about the history behind Kwanzaa, the symbols associated with the holiday, and how it is celebrated today.

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-8

Rather than focusing on the principles and symbols of Kwanzaa, this book attempts to place the holiday within the context of worldwide harvest festivals and the Civil Rights Movement. Chapters on harvest festivals, Kwanzaa founder Maulana Karenga, and African-American culture provide a wealth of well-documented information on everything from Greek myths to Alex Haley to the 1968 Olympics to the 1997 Kwanzaa stamp. The last chapters provide details about the actual celebration. Average-quality full-color photos and graphics appear throughout. Although the range of subject matter and the wealth of chapter notes are impressive (if occasionally bewildering), there are a few missteps-for example, readers are told that the Kwanzaa colors of green, red, and black "come from the pan-African flag," but it is never shown. Also, no source is given for the story "The Unlucky Boy." Still, this is a useful look at the origins and greater context of Kwanzaa.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766028623
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Celebrate Holidays Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Harvest Festivals Around the World     5
The Life of Maulana Karenga     19
Kwanzaa and African-American Culture     33
Symbols, Rituals, and Traditions     51
The Principles of Kwanzaa     65
Celebrating Kwanzaa Today     77
Not-So-Famous Tribute Poem     89
Glossary     91
Chapter Notes     93
Further Reading     99
Internet Addresses     101
Index     102
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