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Teens and leaders celebrate first day of Kwanzaa

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The first day of Kwanzaa was on Dec. 26, and leaders in Columbus want to make sure the younger generations understand the meaning behind the holiday.

The alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. sorority hosted the annual celebration at the Delta House on Forrest Rd. The tradition is celebrated by teaching the community about African cultural heritage.

Young teens in the area took part in a small program to highlight important figures in the African American culture from both the present and the past.

Dayshay Tucker of Delta Sigma Theta says it's important for the youth to know about their roots.

Kwanzaa, which means "first fruits" in Swahili, focuses on seven principles, one for each day of the holiday. The first principle is unity, then self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

The holiday was founded in 1966 by a California State University professor. It is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

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