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PHOTO GALLERY: Kwanzaa gathering celebrates African cultural principles in southeast Bakersfield

Southeast Bakersfield’s annual Kwanzaa celebration returned Thursday to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center with dancing, drumming, storytelling and other cultural activities recognizing African cultural principles.

Free and open to all, the colorful and lively event was put on by Sankofa Collective and other local organizations to mark a holiday that runs each year from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.