Soul Christmas on Flickr Here are the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
There's been a kind of death watch for Kwanzaa, mostly coming from right-wing media circles and just plain ignorant people over the past few years. And those right-wing pundits be damned about the growing inclusivity of the holiday. Yes, white people are more than welcome to celebrate. At least that was the message given at a Kwanzaa celebration in the Third Ward last week.
Estimates from the National Retail Federation say that close to 5 million people in the U.S. celebrate Kwanzaa. That's about 1.6 percent compared with the close to 95 percent who celebrate Christmas, or the 6 percent who celebrate Hanukkah.
So, is Kwanzaa a growing holiday that we need to recognize?
Put the word into the Twitter search field and you'll see plenty of support for the holiday. If you take social media's word for it, Kwanzaa celebrations are probably growing.More »