Trump and Melania send warmest wishes for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa focuses on principles of unity, good in community
Trump and Melania send warmest wishes for Kwanzaa
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27 December, 2017

Trump's three-sentence statement, issued Tuesday, contained similar language to Obama's previous remarks but included little of Obama's emphasis on the broader values of African-American heritage.

On Tuesday afternoon, more than 100 people watched the fourth-annual Kwanzaa celebration at the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center.

In 2011, Trump criticized then-President Obama, claiming he was downplaying Christmas. They're hosting a community celebration for all ages on Saturday, Dec. 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

In Obama's statements about the holiday, he consistently emphasized the values that all Americans can find in culture celebrated on Kwanzaa.

Needless to say, the divide between how Trump viewed Kwanzaa back in 2011 ― using it to leverage false attacks against Obama, and tacitly endorsing the idea that it was a "fake holiday" ― and how he's acknowledging it now has stirred up some criticism.

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Kwanzaa occurs over the same seven days each year, beginning on December 26 and ending January 1.

Kwanzaa is Swahili and means "first fruits".

On the first night, a child lights the black candle in the middle, and the family discusses the principle of unity. Decorations are often colorful, and can include the Bendera Ya Taifa - the traditional Kwanzaa flag - as well as African masks, painted ceramic bowls, and displays of fruit and vegetable arrangements that symbolize a bountiful harvest. Candles represent such principles as self-determination and collective responsibility.

With the final flame of Hanukkah flickering out last week, there's another holiday under way that involves the daily lighting of candles, cultural history, gift-giving, and bountiful meals.


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