The cultural holiday of Kwanzaa actually has its roots in the ashes of riot.
It was started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor and chairman of black studies at Cal State Long Beach.
The cultural holiday begins every year on Dec. 26 and lasts for seven days.
The name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase that means "first fruits."
Families celebrate Kwanzaa in different ways, but most involve songs, dances, drums and storytelling.
On each of the seven nights, a child lights a candle and one of the seven Kwanzaa principles slated for that evening is discussed.
Those principles are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
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