Kwanzaa Founder Celebrates in Buffalo

January 1, 2012 Updated Jan 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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January 1, 2012 Updated Jan 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM EDT

(WKBW)
Buffalo, NY

Friday is the fifth day of Kwanzaa and events taking place around the world. But the founder has chosen the Queen City to celebrate the holiday with residents.

Dr.Maulana Karenga founded the seven day holiday in 1966 but over the past several years he has made it a point to come to Buffalo during Kwanzaa since the Queen City has one of the largest celebrations in the nation.

Buffalo is one of three cities Karenga makes a personal appearance at every year during Kwanzaa. The other two locations are New York City and Philadelphia.

"These are places with strong traditions of practicing Kwanzaa," said Dr. Karenga, the founder of the festival.

Forty million people celebrate the holiday which begins the day after Christmas and ends on New Years Day. It is a celebration of the culture and history of African American people and is not a religious holiday.

There are seven principles of Kwanzaa:

Unity

Self-determination

Collective work and responsibility --

Cooperative economics

Purpose

Creativity

and Faith.

Dr. Karenga is a professor of Africana studies at Cal State Long Beach and lives in Los Angeles with his wife.