The start of a New Year also brings the final day of Kwanzaa, a celebration aimed at helping those across the African Diaspora connect with the music, culture and spirit of the African Continent.

The week-long celebration began on Dec. 26, celebrating principles of unity, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, creativity and purpose. It all concludes with a focus on “imani,” which means “faith.”

TSD Photographer Gary S. Whitlow attended the Kwanzaa celebration at Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church and captured the spirit of the day. Check it out and share!