The Public Interest

Mainstreaming Kwanzaa

Anna Day Wilde

Spring 1995

RALPH Kennedy, a manager at IBM who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has celebrated the African-American holiday Kwanzaa since 1974.  When he started, he says, “there was a great deal of active discussion going on about the tendency or lack of tendency of people of color to come together as extended family.” It was out of a desire to bring their relatives and friends together that he and his wife initiated their Kwanzaa celebration.

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