GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)- Every year, for the past 30 years, a group in Greenville hosts a Kwanzaa celebration to empower young people to conquer the year ahead.
“We want our young people to have a purpose in life and so today we brought them out to teach them about Kwanzaa, what it means and how it can empower you to be the best you can be,” event host Mildred Council said.
Council is part of the Eastern North Carolina Regional Association of Black Social Workers. Every year she and fellow members host a Kwanzaa celebration in hopes of preparing youth and the entire community for the year ahead.
Council said, “Our challenge for the youth today was to charge them that they have a purpose on this earth.”
For many attending Wednesday’s event it was their first Kwanzaa celebration.
“Seeing all these people brought together, the black community, we need that around here so I enjoyed it,” Tobais Nobles said.
Nobles said Wednesday’s conversation had him thinking about the bigger picture.
“I feel like everyone should have a self purpose and have their own path to follow,” Nobles said.
As for Council, she loves putting on this event, and says she will continue to do so as long as it’s needed.
“Now we have more problems, so we have to continue to work on them, teach our young people how to be survivalist, how to be successful in spite of, no matter what happens,” Council, said.
Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days starting the day after Christmas. The word Kwanzaa means “first fruit”. The holiday is dedicated to celebrating the African American history and culture. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday and does not take the place of Christmas.