JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On the northside of Jacksonville, the sixth day of the holiday was celebrated with a Kwanzaa celebration on Thursday.
A celebration of creativity was part of the vacation event at the B & Sun Arts and Culture Center on Jacksonville’s Northside.
“It just feels good to work with different organizations and entrepreneurs,” said Leo Gathings, owner of the B & Sun Arts and Culture Center. “Coming here as a community, our people who have to work here to express their art, is just beautiful.”
Each day of Kwanzaa has a meaning, and the event highlights the importance of creativity in the black community.
“Each color represents something,” said Takera Crenshaw, an artist who specializes in African tribal face-paint. “White means more peace and unity. Red for strength … knowing your culture in general and knowing your background and where you are from is important. “
The participants say that culture needs the space to shine in this city.
“The community needs this. We yearn for unity and cultural events to empower our people and develop youth,” said Minister Mikhail Muhammad, Nubians United’s Chief Minister for Self-Defense.
The concern for unity in this community is part of the reason this center was created. It also allows black-owned small businesses to thrive in a space where they say they won’t always be accepted.
“It’s definitely a way of being in the community and getting my art into the community in such a way that there aren’t really many opportunities to sell. So it was a great way to demonstrate that,” said Adrienne Tolbert, owner of Creations by Foxx.
The organizers believe that the teachings of Kwanzaa are universal principles.
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