By Lynn JonesTurpin – As the world was winding down from the holidays, Kwanzaa stepped in to provide the seven principles for 2021. First celebrated in 1966, Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually held on the 6th day.
In Jacksonville, due to social distancing, only a handful of celebrations were held. On the Westside, AlkaVita organization held an Ujima celebration bringing brothers and sisters in business for a night of music, food, trivia and gifts. Ujima, pronounced oo-JEE-mah, is the third principle of Kwanzaa and means “collective work and responsibility.” The event also wanted to recognize specific problems in business and in the community by networking and problem solving with a plan of action. “We are thankful to the community for showing up and giving credence to Kwanzaa principles. Change is definitely on its way,” said organizer Kimpa Jones. (Redburd Images Photo)