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To be sure, celebrating Kwanzaa is not an end in itself. Neither is having an Africa medallion swinging from your neck, wearing a kente cloth hat, or giving your children African names. Medallions, clothes, and newly created rites should remind us of our collective strength, and of the fact that this strength is manifest only through individual effort. What we are doing with Kwanzaa and "Afrocentricity" in general is using our culture as an ideal that each of us tries to live up to.

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Source Notes: Kwanzaa: An African-American Celebration of Culture and Cooking (1991).

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