Kwanzaa celebrations begin in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Hundreds of people gathered at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown on Saturday to celebrate Kwanzaa.

Those in attendance enjoyed music, dancing, cultural expression and a community feast, marking the start of the seven day festival celebrating African and African American culture and history.

Each day of Kwanzaa represents a different principle.

“So tonight is the first night of Kwanzaa, which is called Umoja, and that means unity,” said Zakiya Miller, a member of Harambee Coalition. “We’re going to celebrate here with talking about the principle of the day, as well as cultural expression with some dancing.”

Sunday’s festivities in celebration of self-determination will be held at 6 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church on Parkcliff Ave.

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