GALVESTON -- Kwanzaa community celebrations this year in Galveston will include a Kid s Kwanzaa on Thursday and a community event set for Friday.

The focus will be on looking back to go forward recovering and reconfiguring African traditions for African Americans today.

We have lost a lot of traditions that would bolster us now if we would go back and fetch them, so to speak, said Sue Johnson, executive director of Nia Cultural Center in Galveston. Johnson helped bring the celebration of Kwanzaa to Galveston more than 20 years ago.

There s so much we don t know about our history and our heritage that makes us a great people, said Johnson, a retired respiratory therapist who founded the Nia Cultural Center in 1992. We had a wonderful past, disrupted by slavery. We just don t have enough about us in books we read in school and the community.

Click here to read more and to see a list of scheduled events at the Galveston County Daily News.

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