An early Kwanzaa celebration took place at HACC on Saturday.
The week-long holiday, which officially starts December 26, recognizes seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
The day was filled with educational workshops, a marketplace, and entertainment, including a fashion show by ABW Productions.
Life Esteem presented the annual Harambee Awards that recognized those who represent each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
Our Valerie Pritchett won the overall award for representing all of those principals.