Kwanzaa is a celebration of the African-American and
Pan-African community and family that takes place December 26 – January
1. Kwanzaa originated in 1966 by
Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga in reaction to the Watts riots in
These sources provide a good beginning. Some contain general discussion or an overview. This kind of background will often suggest topics, jargon, or keywords for further research.
The folklore of American holidays by Hennig Cohen and Tristram Potter
Coffin, eds. Reference
This book contains an article on the origins and traditions of Kwanzaa.
The African-American experience on file by C. Carter Smith, ed.
This volume has an article on Kwanzaa traditions and history.
Use the Library Catalog http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/library/ to find books, periodicals, and media on your topic. You can enter keywords of your own choosing, or you can identify the specific subject headings that the library catalog uses to group related materials together.
Seven spools of thread: a Kwanzaa story by Angela Shelf Medearis
PZ7 .M51274 2000, SAN MARCOS, Circulating
Kwanzaa crafts: gifts and decorations for a meaningful and festive
celebration by Marcia
TT900 .K92 M38 1999,
Kwanzaa music [sound recording] Mahlathini
ML3556 .K94 1994, SAN MARCOS, Circulating Media
Kwanzaa [video recording] / Schlessinger Video
Productions; [produced and directed by Fabian-Baber Communications]
GT4403 .K83 2004, SAN MARCOS, Circulating Media
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EBSCOhost provides access to several databases including magazine, journal and newspaper articles. For a guide on how to search EBSCOhost, go to Using EBSCOhost at http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/ebsco.htm
Pleck, E. (2001, Summer). Kwanzaa: The making of a Black
Nationalist tradition, 1966—1990.
Journal of American Ethnic
History, 20(4), 3-29. Retrieved
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