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Kwanzaa ends as principles tested in 2020

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This is not only the first day of 2021. It’s also the final day of Kwanzaa.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History had to move its observance of the seven days of Kwanzaa online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yolanda Jack is the director of the museum’s Kwanzaa program. She believes Kwanzaa’s emphasis on faith, self-determination and unity have been important for many people during a tumultuous 2020.

“This year was definitely a year if you did not practice Kwanzaa...this is certainly the year the principles of Kwanzaa came to the forefront of your mind,” says Jack, “For people who practice Kwanzaa, the principles were so much more intentional...so much more in the forefront perhaps than in other years.”

You can see the Wright museum’s final night of Kwanzaa program this evening at 7pm on the museum’s website.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.