First night of Kwanzaa

Zahir Clahar, 5, sits with his mother, Lashawn Cunningham, as members of the community celebrate the first night of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Norwich Arts Center.  The week-long celebration, organized by the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Norwich Branch NAACP and the Norwich Area Clergy Association, continues through January 1 with observances taking place at 6:30 p.m.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
Zahir Clahar, 5, sits with his mother, Lashawn Cunningham, as members of the community celebrate the first night of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Norwich Arts Center. The week-long celebration, organized by the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Norwich Branch NAACP and the Norwich Area Clergy Association, continues through January 1 with observances taking place at 6:30 p.m. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Zahir Clahar, 5, sits with his mother, Lashawn Cunningham, as members of the community celebrate the first night of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Norwich Arts Center.  The week-long celebration, organized by the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Norwich Branch NAACP and the Norwich Area Clergy Association, continues through January 1 with observances taking place at 6:30 p.m.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Lottie B. Scott, Norwich resident and longtime civil rights leader, speaks on the topic of unity as members of the community celebrate the first night of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Norwich Arts Center.  The week-long celebration, organized by the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Norwich Branch NAACP and the Norwich Area Clergy Association, continues through January 1 with observances taking place at 6:30 p.m.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
Lottie B. Scott, Norwich resident and longtime civil rights leader, speaks on the topic of unity as members of the community celebrate the first night of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Norwich Arts Center. The week-long celebration, organized by the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Norwich Branch NAACP and the Norwich Area Clergy Association, continues through January 1 with observances taking place at 6:30 p.m. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
Willy Heinemann blows out the candle as members of the community celebrate the first night of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Norwich Arts Center.  The week-long celebration, organized by the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Norwich Branch NAACP and the Norwich Area Clergy Association, continues through January 1 with observances taking place at 6:30 p.m.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
Willy Heinemann blows out the candle as members of the community celebrate the first night of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Norwich Arts Center. The week-long celebration, organized by the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Norwich Branch NAACP and the Norwich Area Clergy Association, continues through January 1 with observances taking place at 6:30 p.m. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
Lottie B. Scott, Norwich resident and longtime civil rights leader, speaks on the topic of unity as members of the community celebrate the first night of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Norwich Arts Center.  The week-long celebration, organized by the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Norwich Branch NAACP and the Norwich Area Clergy Association, continues through January 1 with observances taking place at 6:30 p.m.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
Lottie B. Scott, Norwich resident and longtime civil rights leader, speaks on the topic of unity as members of the community celebrate the first night of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Norwich Arts Center. The week-long celebration, organized by the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Norwich Branch NAACP and the Norwich Area Clergy Association, continues through January 1 with observances taking place at 6:30 p.m. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

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