St. Joseph County library hosts event to celebrate Kwanzaa

St. Joseph County library hosts event to celebrate Kwanzaa. // WSBT 22

The holiday season is far from over.

Wednesday is only the second day of Kwanzaa.

The holiday is a weeklong celebration honoring African heritage in African-American Culture.

The St. Joseph County library in South Bend hosted an event Wednesday

The holiday focuses on seven principles. The principles include self-determination, faith and creativity.

But Wednesday the focus was on the principle of unity and how the community can work together.

Kwanzaa is celebrated every year from December 26 to January 1.

This is its 51st year.

It involves learning, singing and eating, but it can be hard to pick a favorite part.

"I don't actually have a favorite because I love everything," said Kadyn O'Neal, third grader.

For others, their favorite part is the lighting of the candles. Each flame representing one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

For O'Neal, holding the torch is a privilege.

"It's very special because like my grandma she loves me, and that's why she let me light the candles," said O'Neal.

The day is also about remembering family that can no longer be here.

"My great-grandma, she loved Jell-O. She used to love Jell-O, but I don't get to see her no more. So we celebrate her and my grandfather," said O'Neal.

The event also honors members of the community that have made a difference.

Honoree Robert Smith says he hopes more people learn about Kwanzaa's message.

“Most people don't know what it is, and the community does not advertise it enough," said Smith.

There are still five days to celebrate

Other honorees including Irene Britt, Linda Wolfson, Marty Wolfson and the St. Joseph County library itself which helps host the event every year.

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