Kwanzaa celebrations begin

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Kwanzaa celebrations begin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kwanzaa, the week-long, non-religious holiday was first observed in 1966. It celebrates African-American cultures and traditions.

For seven days, Kwanzaa focuses on seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Kwanzaa runs through Jan 1.

There will be several community-wide Kwanzaa celebrations held in Charlotte.

The first starts Thursday night at Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church on Montieth Drive.