Kwanzaa Celebrated in Jackson

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Christmas has come and gone, but an African American holiday celebration is just getting underway. About 30 children from schools in Jackson and Madison County participated in a celebration of Kwanzaa at Andrew Jackson Elementary School. Thursday marked the fourth day of Kwanzaa, a non-religious celebration of African American heritage and pride. The Kwanzaa message was read as children paid tribute to Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior. Organizers said the real purpose of the event was to teach the children the meaning of the annual celebration. “It was wonderful just seeing them research and getting excited about performing in front of the crowd,” said Ledita Holder, an organizer of the celebration. The event was presented by children in the Jackson Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, which teaches children leadership and character. The celebration of Kwanzaa continues through January 1.

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