Tyler residents gather to celebrate Kwanzaa

City of Tyler Kwanzaa Celebration
City of Tyler Kwanzaa Celebration
Updated: Dec. 30, 2018 at 9:46 PM CST
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Christmas may be over but the holiday season is not complete for some East Texans.

Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 through January 1. A candle is lit each day for the seven principles it represents, like unity, self-determination and purpose.

“It’s about family, community, culture," African-American Cultural Events Committee member Patricia Record-Henry said.

Today marks the fifth of seven days of Kwanzaa. The African-American Cultural Events Committee in Tyler has celebrated the holiday for decades.

Showing East Texans, the importance of helping one another.

“Make each other strong help build up one another. We want to build up the family, the family makes the community," Record-Henry said.

Bringing together people of all ages who cherish the holiday.

“Kwanzaa is an amazing cultural event that we take a lot of pride in and we’ve been celebrating it for like, together we’ve been married for 20 years so we’ve been celebrating it for 20 years," attendee Sakile Speller said.

A celeration the Speller family just couldn’t miss this year.

“We’re from Chicago, so we’ve been traveling around to different areas, so we were so happy to find that the area that we’re staying is actually having a Kwanzaa event," Speller said.

Serving as a reminder for some as they go into the new year.

“So, Kwanzaa for us is a time for us to get together as a family of course but also is a great reminder at the end of the year about the principles that we are teaching our children and principles that we live by as a couple," attendee Vernon Speller said.

A kwanzaa celeration will be held each night through January 1, 2019 at the Tyler Public Library at 6:00 p.m.

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