Youth group celebrates ‘purpose’ in Kwanzaa

Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM.

During the libation part of the ceremony, water was poured into a plant to recognize efforts made by African and African-American ancestors in the struggle for freedom, democracy and equality.

Seven red, black and green candles stood in the candle holder called a kinara at the front of the room. And next to the kinara was a framed picture of Nelson Mandela.

The final pour of libation was in honor of the late South African leader and the incessant anti-apartheid resistance movement he led in his native land.

“(Mandela’s) recent passing has provided an opportunity for many people to become acquainted with who he was and what he did,” Clark said. “His legacy will become beyond what it was while he was living.”

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