This week long ceremony of bountiful feasts, storytelling, music, dance and rich symbolism serves as a window to the African heritage – and provides us with an opportunity to samples some tasty African fare in the process.

The Kwanzza concept is actually relatively new.  It was created in 1966 by Maulana Ron Karenga, a prominent activist in the Black Power Movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s who wanted to give Black Americans and opportunity to celebrate their common heritage in a non-religious tradition.  Kwanzaa (the Swahili word for “first fruits of the harvest”) doesn’t represent any specific African holiday but instead incorporates elements of harvest festival celebrated throughout Africa, during which people renew and strengthen the bonds between them.    This strengthening of relationships and community is the underlying theme of Kwanzaa-evident in its seven guiding principles:  umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination),...

One of the benefits of living in Atlanta, Georgia that there is so many things to see and do.  So this month for my birthday I decided to do a staycation.  You may ask what is a staycation? A staycation is a vacation spent in one's home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.  This is the first time in a long time that I treated myself in being a tourist in the city that I live in. 

I first visited the Swan House in the rich side of Buckhead, Atlanta. Edward Inman, the heir to a large cotton blockage fortune amassed in the post-Civil War "New South" era, was a wealthy Atlanta businessman with interests in real estate, transportation, and banking.  In 1924, he and his wife Emily hired the architectural firm of Hentz, Reid, neighborhood located about six miles north of downtown.  This place was also filmed in the movie  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and it had its own tour.  

   

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