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President Obama Sends Best Wishes for Kwanzaa

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One upon departure at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are keeping the holiday cheer going.

According to US Today, the Obamas sent those celebrating Kwanzaa their best wishes and hopes for a prosperous and healthy new year. 

"Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season.

"(Thursday) marks the beginning of the week-long celebration of African American culture through family activities and community festivities that bring attention to Kwanzaa's seven principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

"Though each principle represents the essence of this holiday, they also represent the shared values that bind us as Americans.

"As families and communities across our country come together today to light the Kinara, our family sends our hopes for a prosperous and healthy new year."

Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration that began on Thursday.

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