BLOG: Governor Wolf Wishes Pennsylvanians a Happy Kwanzaa (VIDEO)

By: Governor Tom Wolf

December 23, 2015

I’d like to take the opportunity to wish those of you celebrating Kwanzaa a very happy holiday.

Starting today, Kwanzaa will be celebrated to honor the African heritage of African-American culture in the United States. For one week, many African-Americans across our state will enjoy the holiday by decorating their houses with colorful art, enjoying communal meals, and playing music that celebrate family ties, community bonds, and African-American culture.

Kwanzaa is rooted in the African principles of unity, self-determination, collective work, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

I think that all Pennsylvanians can relate to these traditions not only during this week, but every day.

The identity of our state and our nation has been shaped by this pan-African culture.

When Kwanzaa was established in the US in 1966, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, a celebration of this crucial aspect of our American culture was particularly important. It is just as important to rejoice in these traditions today as it was in 1966.

Happy Kwanzaa to you all!

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