Several dozen Evanstonians gathered at Fountain Square this afternoon for a symbolic lighting of Kwanzaa candles.

The week-long celebration of African-American culture began Dec. 26.

The gathering was sponsored by the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center and the city’s Recreation Division.

Initial development of the Kwanzaa concept is credited to Maulana Karenga, now a professor at California State University – Long Beach, who proposed it in 1966 as the first specifically African-American holiday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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