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Public invited to Kwanzaa observances



Published: Sat, December 25, 2010 @ 6:35 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

The Harambee Coalition invites the public to celebrate Kwanzaa, the African-American holiday thatintertwines African traditions with American customs, from Sunday through next Saturday.

The holiday first was celebrated in 1966 in Los Angeles.

Next Saturday, the coalition will have the Karamu, or community feast, at the McGuffey Centre, Jacobs Road. Participants are

encouraged to bring a covered dish and share at a community table.

For the full story and schedule, read today's Vindicator or Vindy.com.


Comments

1Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The celebration of Christmas is for all of mankind, Africans included .

AMERICAN SOCIETY IS ALL ABOUT INCLUSION AND NOT EXCLUSION .

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

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2Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Stan,

Yep. The same America that enslaved blacks from its inception?

The same America that forced blacks into segregated Jim Crow conditions?

The same America that shows a white Jesus and a white Santa Claus every year?

The same America that has a million black men in its jails?

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Ytownboy :

You sound bitter . Were you jailed for killing or robbing ? Where are the enslaved blacks ? Today the only slaves that we have are those paying taxes for the masses on welfare and the ones being victimized by the criminals .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_...

Slavery in Africa continues today. Slavery existed in Africa before the arrival of Europeans - as did a slave trade that exported millions of Africans to North Africa, the Middle East, and the Persian Gulf.

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4woolyd(579 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

KWANZAA is based on the first harvest of crops in Africa. It takes seven core values and studies them and tries to build the community through them. Whats a shame is that the black community doesnt practice and use these values throughout the year. Hell all people should use the values throughout the year and we would be better off. The person who brought about KWANZAA does have a checkered past but hte principles themselves are worthy and worth studying. For those who think is separatism try to vies it like the celebration of Mardi Gras or like that of a civic club. Lastly it can be celebrated by all it just happens to be African American by its roots and nature

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5woolyd(579 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

DB2 oh sorry man i must not know the meaning of what Kwanzaa is I mean afterall its not like ive studies black history and have a degree in Africana Studies. Well since im wrong and have no base to discuss this topic I will no longer blog about the meaning and the principles of Kwanzaa. Kwa heri kwa kusana.

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6Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Weren't whites the original separatists?

Refresh my memory. Was it whites or blacks that initiated Jim Crow and racial segregation? Why did local whites work hard to keep the suburbs here so lily white?

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Ytownboy :

Where are all of those lily white sectors ? Anyone can live anywhere that they can afford to . Blacks live in all fifty of our United States . Many wealthy blacks life in exclusive areas where only the wealthy can afford to reside . The only barrier is an economic one .

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8Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Only since the 1970s Stan. Don't you remember when whites fire bombed black houses in Liberty and in Boardman in the late 1960s?

Have you ever heard of "racial steering"? It still exists.

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9RickJude7496(16 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Actually, if you want to get technical, Jesus would have been of Arab descent.

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10candystriper(575 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Do a simple Google search for "Christmas" ...You don't suppose Christmas has anything to do with Christ? This isn't a matter of theology just history. Google can't come up with one picture of Christ...it isn't much better how they display images for "Kwanzaa"...lol.
Google will even make sure that the maps it offers in China conform to the Chinese government's view of the world.

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11UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by a black convicted woman abusing felon, Maulana Karenga, who disliked the traditional American Christmas celebration of a white Jesus Christ's birthday and a white faced Santa Claus so he invented his own black African celebration. Talk about being a RACIST! Maulana Karenga was indeed one of those.

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12Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

ytownboy

"Only since the 1970s Stan. Don't you remember when whites fire bombed black houses in Liberty and in Boardman in the late 1960s?

1960's-70's?? You have anything like in this decade? You can talk about history all you want, nothing will change that, so why not move FORWARD in life instead of dwelling on the past? Whether you know it or not, the past is OVER. How come you don't hear about the blacks that succeed in life complaining about slavery or racism? Maybe because they have a goal in life and succeed and not blame everyone and everything. Nice concept, huh?

"Have you ever heard of "racial steering"? It still exists. "

Does it? If that is the case, I can see a white family moving into a black neighborhood and you think they would be welcomed with open arms??? Your so called racial steering in today's society is nothing but another excuse about how life isn't fair, huh? Maybe look in the mirror and quit hating and do something with your life instead of blaming. Martin Luther King, Jr must be rolling over in his grave.

Anyway, I'll let ytownboy dwell in the past and on to the stupid whatever it is holiday. This from the Official site of Kwanzaa:
Sounds like separation of races here and it's suppose to be about unity? What a joke.

"Secondly, you should not mix the Kwanzaa holiday or its symbols, values and practice with any other culture. "

http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org...

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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Ytownboy :

"Only since the 1970s Stan. Don't you remember when whites fire bombed black houses in Liberty and in Boardman in the late 1960s?

Have you ever heard of "racial steering"? It still exists. "

No love was lost by either side back then. The torching of the SouthSide by blacks is still remembered. Today the killings of whites at St. Dominics brought very little responce from the whites . Whites are still subject to attack today .

Racial steering is all BS . If you can afford it you can buy it .

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14woolyd(579 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

NO db2 it doesnt but it does help me to understand all cultures and when to differentiate between true history and that which is distorted. Also it isnt the easiest of degrees to obtain as you need to learn a foreign language as well. It is a history of the many cultures of Africa, the Carribean, and African American life in the United States. Anyway if you dont want to celebrate it then dont no one cares.

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15Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

It's very telling that kwanzaa is attacked while other highly questionable holidays are left alone: Thansksgiving-the honoring of Pilgrims who started the Indian genocide; Columbus Day-The honoring of a mass murderer; etc.

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