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History and traditions of Kwanzaa


University of Minnesota professor Keith Mayes discusses the holiday tradition, Kwanzaa, a seven-day cultural holiday starting December 26 and ending January 1. Mayes, a professor of African American and African studies, explains that the African-American tradition has now been celebrated for more than 40 years and gives great details on the origin of the word Kwanzaa, which is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili, a Pan-African language which is the most widely spoken African language.

This video is part of the Expert Perspectives series at the University of Minnesota.