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Dozens gather for Kwanzaa celebration in Cincinnati

Posted at 12:59 AM, Dec 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-30 01:14:56-05

CINCINNATI — Dozens celebrated Kwanzaa inside Gabriel's Place on Reading Road in Avondale Saturday night.

It was the fourth day of the seven-day celebration designed to bring African-Americans together.

Shalom Ikemba, CFO of the Cincinnati Peace Movement, explained:

"Today is the Ujamaa celebration - the fourth day of Kwanza. This is a celebration of collective works and responsibilities," Ikemba said. "You take your problems, your brothers’ and sisters’ problems. You work toward a common goal together. This is something we wanted to embody this year."

Inside, several vendors had handmade pieces of art for sale. Vendors gave a small fee that goes back to the garden here for the upcoming spring.

There was free food, poetry and a quick history on the celebration of Kwanzaa.

Organizers hope events like this will draw attention to Gabriel's Place to combine efforts working toward better neighborhoods.