On December 26, 1966 , Maulana Karenga celebrates the first Kwanzaa. At the time he was the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Though its traditions are relatively young, the seven principles of Kwanzaa have shown endurance in the decades. Angela Shelf Medearis brings them to the center of her children’s book, Seven Spools of Thread. The story follows seven Ashanti brothers who must create gold out of seven spools of thread following their father’s death. If they do not, they will become beggars.

Book Title: Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

Book Author: Medearis, Angela Shelf

Dewey Decimal Call Number: JFIC MED

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