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Kwanzaa founder celebrates in Buffalo

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Friday is the third day of Kwanzaa, Collective Work and Responsibility. Last night, the founder of Kwanzaa, professor Maulana Karenga, celebrated Self-Determination in the Buffalo Science Museum.

Karenga has been a frequent visitor here for the event, among the largest around the country. Karenga says the principles of Kwanzaa, founded in 1966, have spread across the world among people with African roots.

"I'm no prophet so I could not predict how anything I did would develop," Karenga told WBFO News.

"But, I believed if if I could develop something of value that spoke to the best of what it means to be African and human, that gave people a value system by which they could ground and guide their lives. that they would embrace it and they have."

Kwanzaa's seven principles range from Faith to Unity, with those values expressed in Swahili so they are from Umoja to Imani.

Friday's celebration will be held in the Edward Saunders Community Center on Bailey Avenue.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.