It's the fourth day of Kwanzaa and the Nubian Cultural Outreach Center is celebrating the occasion.
Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration of Afro-descendants living in the Americas. It begins on Dec. 26 and lasts for seven days. Each day focuses on a different principle; the fourth day, Ujamaa, is Swahili for cooperative economics.
The cultural center held a candle-lighting ceremony, and several authors were there to talk about their works.
"We hope to accomplish strengthening our families and making sure that we're doing the things to build up our community and our children because Kwanzaa is really about the children, connecting them to their culture and roots," said Angela Randall, of Nubian Cultural Outreach Center.
"Every African American should go to at least one Kwanzaa celebration and not just study it or read it in a book," said Jerry Davenport, a local author.
Organizers said Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday nor is it a "Black Christmas." It is celebrated between Christmas and New Years Eve because that's when families usually come together.
The other principles of Kwanzaa focus on unity, faith, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
For more information on future Kwanzaa events, call the Nubian Cultural Outreach Center at 318-200-0012.