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12/27/2010 12:53 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Kwanzaa In Chicago: Events And Celebrations Of African-American Culture

December 26 marked the start of a seven-day celebration of African American culture and heritage known as Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa, which has no religious affiliation; means "first fruits of the harvest" in the African language of Swahili.

Observers started celebrating the holiday during the political and social uproar of 1966. Since then, the tradition has grown rapidly and is celebrated by millions throughout the U.S.

There are seven principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. The kinara holds seven candles, and each day of Kwanzaa a candle is lit.

We rounded up some Kwanzaa events and celebrations happening this week around Chicago.

Did we miss an event? Let us know in the comments!

Seven Candles For Kwanzaa movie screening
When: Tuesday, Dec. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Dusable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago

Holidays For Children - Kwanzaa movie
When: Wednesday, Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Dusable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago

Nia (Purpose) Program with Baker's West Indies Folk Dance Company and more
When: Thursday, Dec. 30, 12 p.m.
Where: Malcom X College, Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren, Chicago

Kuumba (Creativity) Program with Prince Ravanna Bey/Kerry Willis and the "Thunder Sky Drummers"
When: Friday, Dec. 31, 12 p.m.
Where: Malcom X College, Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren, Chicago

Imani (Faith) Program with Minianka African Dance and Drum Ensemble
When: Saturday, Jan. 1, 12 p.m.
Where: Malcom X College, Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren, Chicago