Kwanzaa was celebrated Wednesday night at the Tyler Public Library with music, candles and a discussion on the topic Ujima, which means collective work and responsibility. 

Each night through Jan. 1, Kwanzaa will be observed from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library’s Taylor Auditorium. Each night will feature a speaker and entertainment as well as a recognition of ancestors and black heroes. 

The weeklong event is being held by the African-American Cultural Events Committee in partnership with the Tyler Public Library.

Kwanzaa is a holiday that celebrates African-American heritage, family, community and culture.

It was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach, in 1966.

- Sarah A. Miller

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