RALEIGH, N.C. — Each year, Kwanzaa is celebrated across the world beginning on December 26.
This year, the seven-day holiday is in its 55th year. On Tuesday, Harold Mallette led the celebration at Chavis Memorial Park in Raleigh for the third day of Kwanzaa.
Mallette says his organization, Men of South East Raleigh, put the Kwanzaa event together so people could learn about its history.
“Kwanzaa is a celebration that is the only African-American culture celebration there is. You have a lot of other culture groups that have celebrations, religious groups. Kwanzaa is no conflict with none of that. We are just celebrating the achievement and the progress of people of African descent,” Mallette said.
Nearby, the Bull City is hosting its own Kwanzaa event on New Year’s Day. Durham’s African-American Dance Ensemble is hosting what they’re calling Kwanzaa Fest.