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Kwanzaa Kicks Off Today

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(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Camille Yarborough sings African music behind a traditional "kinara" candelabra

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Camille Yarborough sings African music behind a traditional “kinara” candelabra

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) –The African-American cultural celebration known as Kwanzaa kicked off Thursday.

The week-long cultural celebration was established 45 years ago by Maulana Karenga, now a professor in California State University, Long Beach, Department of African Studies, in what he called “an audacious act of self-determination.”

It’s celebrated from December 26 to January 1st.

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

The first day is Umoja which means unity. The second day is Kujichagulia or self-determination. The third day is Ujima or collective work and responsibility. The fourth day Ujamaa or cooperative economics. The fifth day is Nia or purpose.The sixth day is Kuumba or creativity and the final day is Imani or faith.

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