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.