Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Kwanzaa education

Like most people, it seems, my knowledge of what Kwanzaa is really made of was remarkably shallow. I knew the holiday was a new construct, not an age-old observance, but that was really all. Up to about 10-15 years ago, I hardly saw it mentioned. One day I was in a Hallmark shop and noticed the full 2 racks of Kwanzaa cards next to the Christmas ones. That was about as far as I took it in spite of knowing what I knew.

Seems what I knew was just scratching the surface. If you're finding yourself unable to answer the basic question of the origin of Kwanzaa, you'll be well served with these two bloggers' contributions. LaShawn Barber goes over an earlier post on the subject and Mary Katharine Ham tells of her attempts to tell the whole truth.