On December 15, 2022, Legislator Leslie Kennedy joined her colleagues in government to wish celebrants a happy Kwanzaa at the H. Lee Dennison Building.
“It is important to recognize the rich and diverse cultures we have here in Suffolk County,” said Legislator Leslie Kennedy.
“The ideas and aspiration of Kwanzaa are admirable for all people,” said Legislator Leslie Kennedy.
Kwanzaa is a seven day celebration. Each day celebrates one of Kwanzaa’s seven principles: unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia), collective responsibility (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba), and faith (imani). There also are seven symbols of the holiday: fruits, vegetables, and nuts; a straw mat; a candleholder; ears of corn (maize); gifts; a communal cup signifying unity; and seven candles in the African colours of red, green, and black, symbolizing the seven principles.
Kwanza begins on Monday, December 26 and ends on Sunday, January 1.
Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy represents the 12th Legislative District, encompassing Smithtown, Nesconset, Hauppauge, the Village of the Branch, Lake Grove, parts of Commack, Ronkonkoma, Lake Ronkonkoma and Centereach. Legislator Kennedy was born and raised on Long Island, is a former nurse and small business manager, and has dedicated her life toward the betterment of our community. She currently serves on the following committees: Environment, Parks & Agriculture; Veterans & Consumer Affairs; Budget & Finance (Vice Chair); Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services & Preparedness; Education & Labor; Public Safety; Ways & Means (Vice Chair); and Health (Chair).