By Coshandra Dillard
Day One of the Kwanzaa celebration, hosted by the African American Cultural Events Committee, brought out a small group of Tyler residents to observe the cultural holiday that reflects African principles. Monday night’s focus was umoja, or unity.
Guest speakers, honoring of ancestors and lighting of the first candle were among the night’s observance. Jeff Williams, chairman of the Tyler Together Race Relations Forum, spoke about the first principle, unity.
“We need each other,” Williams said. “What you bring has value.”
Tuesday’s theme is kujichaguilia, or self-determination. The remaining principles to be observed this week are: ujima (collective work and responsibility); ujamaa (cooperative economics); nia (purpose); kuumba (creativity); and imani (faith).
IF YOU GO
What: Kwanzaa celebration by the African American Cultural Events Committee
When: 6 to 8 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1, 2017
Where: Tyler Public Library, 201 S College Ave.