SOUTH EUCLID, OH — Thursday was the first day of Kwanzaa and some Northeast Ohioans kicked off the day with a special celebration.
More than 100 people packed into the Greenmont Party Center in South Euclid for the celebration, which included a grand march, feast, permission of elders and a candle lighting.
Kwanzaa is celebrated as a day of unity, which organizers say is very important.
“It’s important for us to acknowledge our ancestors, for us to recognize the work that’s been done in our communities and what the African Americans are doing all over the country,” said Keesha McMillian, project coordinator.
The week-long, non-religious holiday was first observed in 1966. It celebrates African American cultures and traditions.