via Your Black Bloggers by Albert Phillips

As we slowly ease off the uneasy stomachs caused by Thanksgiving and the overdrawn bank accounts caused by Black Friday, there’s another significant celebration of culture and history all black Americans should be looking forward to. Started by author, activist, and scholar, Dr. Maulana Karenga in the 1960’s, Kwanzaa has grown to have an international audience and continues to reinforce the need for all people of African descent to embrace their roots and understand their history.

As great and profound as that sounds, many African Americans still aren’t buying into Kwanzaa. There are no official statistics on how many Blacks celebrate Kwanzaa, but most online searches state that less than 5 percent will celebrate this year, while nearly 30 million people will celebrate worldwide.

In light of the recent re-election of Barack Obama, you would think more black people would be eager to engage in activities that specifically deal with their blackness. When nearly 100 percent of black Americans support a black presidential candidate, it’s hard to believe that all those people of color voted for him simply because of his policies and promises (that’s another story). It is not farfetched to assume his race played a significant factor to his black constituency.

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