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Miami Family Brings Spirit of Kwanzaa to Life

Although Christmas has come and gone, one celebration is in full swing.

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    Although Christmas has come and gone, one celebration is in full swing.

    Right now, many families in South Florida are observing Kwanzaa, which teaches seven principals throughout seven days. It's more than the music. Deeper than the dance.

    For this family, celebrating Kwanzaa is a spirited tradition.

    "Once I moved to America, the cultural diversity here in South Florida was so amazing, so it sent me searching for my roots," said Dynetta Robinson. A candle is lit for each day of the week. Every day has a purpose. "The black candle represents unity. It also represents the people of Africa," she explained.

    Every custom has great detail.

    "This is the Umoja unity cup. We do the libations honoring our ancestors, those who paved the way for us to be here… when we pour the water into this vessel here, we take it to a live plant so that it continues to give life," explained Robert Parrish.

    Robinson's children are taking every lesson to heart.

    "Throughout the years, we have our attitudes, but once Kwanzaa comes, we make sure we put our phones down and come together as a family," said 18-year-old Kieibi Bradley.

    "I'm a part of the young generation, and we normally party all year round, but it brings me back to family," said Tarin Brown.

    They're learning the importance of values so they can pass them on: A celebration ending on New Year's Day that begins a new outlook on life, and a renewed sense of family, pride, and worth.

    "Kwanzaa is not about a black thing or white thing, it's a human thing," Robinson said.

    This week, several Kwanzaa events will take place in South Florida, including a Cooperative Economics workshop and a performance from the Jubilee Dance Theatre Wednesday in Ft. Lauderdale.