Kente Cultural Center celebrates Kwanzaa

Last year's Kwanzaa ceremony at Kente Cultural Center in New London.
Last year's Kwanzaa ceremony at Kente Cultural Center in New London. Sean D. Elliot/The Day Buy Photo

Kenté Cultural Center marks Kwanzaa - which honors African-American family, community and culture - with a festive celebration Tuesday.

It'll mean drumming, history, crafts, snacks, gifts for kids - and a focus on the seven Kwanzaa principles. Those principles are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. They're celebrated each year during the week of Kwanzaa, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga, who is a professor at California State University, Long Beach, in 1966. Kente has held its celebration annually since opening in 1977.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

Kwanzaa Celebration, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Kente Cultural Arts Center, 219 Bank St., New London; free; (860) 444-1955.

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