Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, along with the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs, hosted the 50th Anniversary celebration of Kwanzaa on Thursday, December 29th at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City. The celebration featured the Ngoma (Drum) Procession of Distinguished Elders and celebrated Day 4 of Kwanzaa: Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH-ah) Cooperative Economics.
County Executive Mangano presented citations to eight hard working and dedicated members of the African American community in Nassau County.
“Thanks to everyone for gathering here today for a wonderful ceremony as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa,” said County Executive Mangano. “The weeklong celebration of Kwanzaa is a festive, educational and inspirational holiday that is a great way to experience a dynamic African American celebration of life and heritage which can be enjoyed by people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds.”
Kwanzaa has emerged as a secular festival observed by many African Americans from December 26th to January 1st as a celebration of African cultural heritage and traditional values. It honors the seven African-based principles of Kwanzaa, called Nguzo Saba in Swahili. It celebrates Family, Community and Culture and reflects the principles of UNITY.