CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – To the beat of drums and the soulful sounds of music, hundreds of Cary residents came together to celebrate Kwanzaa on Friday.
“The kids can see themselves in the community. They can see a part of them … their history is rich and full of tradition and what those African principles mean,” said visitor Michelle Payne.
This is the 24th year for the event in the Town of Cary. Organizers say attendance has grown every year.
“They have been very supportive over the course of the years and they understand the importance of inclusion. The importance of bringing people together from all faiths, all religions and all cultures — in a way where they can thrive and at the same we can prosper and be able to come together as one,” said President of Ujima Group Lester Thomas.
The hope for the event is to highlight African American culture and the value of community through art, spoken word, food and more.
“This event to me brings a smile onto my face every year. If you look around the lobby here of all the colors and the smells of all the vendors here, it really is just a joyful day here at the town of Cary,” said Cary Arts Program Coordinator Robbie Stone.
Saturday is the fourth day of Kwanzaa which represents the fourth principle known as Ujamaa – collective economics.
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