Kwanzaa, created in 1966, is the modern reincarnation of the African first-fruit harvest celebrations observed from December 26 to January 1. Growing up as an African living in America, I have always felt that sense of homelessness and duality that so many African-American academics write about and discuss. Last year, I decided to create a list of holy days that I felt called to observe and not just blindly celebrate those the government deemed worthy enough to grant official. On that list I wrote Kwanzaa and this is the first year that I have ever celebrated it.
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