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Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African-American Holiday Tradition 1st Edition

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"A groundbreaking, thorough, and illuminating discourse on Kwanzaa by one of the new leaders in the field. Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African-American Holiday Tradition is a vital resource that will enrich and enhance the discipline of African-American Studies. A pioneering work about a deeply important holiday."
– M.K. Asante, Jr., director of The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration

 "Keith Mayes situates Kwanzaa's invention within the black holiday tradition while demonstrating how embedded it was in the cultural nationalism of Black Power. Those wishing to further their understanding of African American holidays and their place in American culture would do well to read this book."
– Ellen M. Litwicki, Professor of History, State University of New York at Fredonia – author of America’s Public Holidays, 1865-1920

 "Kwanzaa is an important contribution to our understanding of the Black Power movement, cultural nationalism and the history of Kwanzaa… it is certain to be the leading text surveying the history of Kwanzaa and its place in the history of African American cultural politics."
– Scot Brown, author of Fighting for US: Maulana Karenga, the US Organization, and Black Cultural Nationalism

"A thorough study, for advanced students and scholars. Recommended." Choice

"Mayes deftly traces the journey from Kwanzaa’s Black Power roots to its evolution into a multicultural holiday embraced by multinational corporations and mainstream institutions including public schools, museums, and churches. ... The book situates the history of Kwanzaa not only in the history of black protest holidays but also in the larger politics of the American calendar."
– Suzanne E. Smith, GEorge Mason University, American Historical Review

About the Author

Keith Mayes is Assistant Professor of History and African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415998557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415998550
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book looks at the root of the Kwanzaa phenomenon including historical antecedents. Instead of merely looking at Kwanzaa holiday practices, Professor Mayes delves into the political and social forces that led to the founding of Kwanzaa.
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This book was purchased for a family member. He found it to be detailed and said it contained all he wanted to know about this holiday. This publication meant all expectations!
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By Dave on August 30, 2011
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I ordered this book for my daughter who is off to college this year. It was easy to find and easy to order from Amazon
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very strong book and well documented and its very detailed
and speaks directly on the significance of the holiday and how important book,etc.. a strong book and its very much a treasure.
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The book begins by presenting an interesting history of holidays celebrated by African Americans such as Freedom Day January 1, 1808 abolition of the slave trade. Yet, the interjection of the author's opinions disrupts the flow of the information throughout the presentation of this work of nonfiction. For example, he claims Karenga created Kwanzaa to replace Christmas. Yet, he has presented no evidence written or spoken that states emphatically that the holiday was meant to replace Christmas. For instance, the author states on page 91. "On the eve of December 24, 1966, "Us members receive instructions from Karenga to ignore Christmas as the first official Kwanzaa holiday week approached." This statement suggest that Karenga does not want his members to celebrate Christmas, but does not prove in any way that Kwanzaa was created to replace Christmas. In other words, many of the conclusions of the book are contrived and hokey.

However, I highly recommend this book to readers who are interested in the leaders of the Black power movement who roiled American society. The spate of details provided by the writer will overwhelm you, the author has assembled a rare collection of documents. Too many works in this area are disingenuous, but the information here is revealing. Moreover, when the authors focuses on the facts, the book is truly ostentatious. Furthermore, he extends the purview of Kwanzaa, by providing a history of the evolution of the holiday to its present form. The effulgence of the book is that it expands the understanding of Kwanzaa and its origin. Moreover, the evidence presented will help mollify some of the critics of the holiday, especially in the African American community. In fact some people who were insipid about Kwanzaa may be inspired to join the celebration. Finally, the author summarizes the importance of Kwanzaa in sanguine manner, by emphasizing its importance in the holiday tradition in the United States.
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