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Sioux City NAACP celebrates Kwanzaa

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - The Siouxland chapter of the NAACP met to celebrate a week long holiday of reflection.

While many of the holidays in December have a religious affiliation, Kwanzaa is a holiday all about reflection, regardless of individual belief.

"The importance of working together, not only in our homes, but also in our community and in our nation, and that crosses every culture,"  Kemi Jones, NAACP Member said.

Kwanzaa was started as a part of the Civil Rights Movement in the sixties to unite the African American people in their culture and principles.

"I think it helps us to be reminded of where we come from, celebrating our African heritage," Jones said.

But as time has passed, it's become focused on celebrating culture and finding a purpose through each new year with the help of your family and those around you. 

"It's just bringing the family together to really reflect and to think about community, togetherness, and unity," Jones said.

Kwanzaa translates to "first fruit." The seven principles of Kwanzaa all tie into making a fruitful harvest of your own life with each passing year. Those in attendance at the celebration said they enjoyed the message of reflection that Kwanzaa is all about.

"The working together, we talk about that a lot, working together as family and friends, don't we?" Mikey O'Sullivan said.

O'Sullivan said she appreciated the opportunity to expose her daughter to the culture surrounding Kwanzaa.

"I think it's important for her. She's from Columbia, and I just want her to experience different things and different cultures," O'Sullivan said.

And many others said the reflection around the holidays helped them feel closer to their families, too.

Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration that started on the 26th and goes until New Years Day, when gifts that cannot be store bought are given.
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