Chattanooga church to host three-day celebration of Kwanzaa
While Christmas might be over, the celebrations continue for members at the Eastdale Village Community United Methodist Church in Chattanooga.
Pastor Charlotte Williams said the church will host three days of events to celebrate Kwanzaa this weekend.
To clear up any misconceptions, Williams says Kwanzaa is not a replacement for Christmas or any other religious holiday.
"It is a cultural celebration where we, as African Americans, can go back and reflect on the entire year on the principles and how we can better the community and ourselves leading by those principles," Williams said.
The three-day celebration of Kwanzaa will start Friday night at 6:30.
She said the big celebration will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m.
"We will identify persons in the community that actually exemplify the principles of Kwanzaa," Williams said.
The church will feature Chattanooga's own Food Network's Chopped Junior winner Kyla Curry.
It's a family event that she says continues to grow every year.
The celebrations will include several activities like singing, dancing, and poetry.
"It's also a time for reflection and a time to take things seriously of the impact that we're going to have to have on our community," Williams said.
The final celebration will be held at The Cut Sunday at 3 p.m.
For more information, you can visit the church's Facebook page here.