Kwanzaa, celebrated between December 26 and January 1, is a time for families in the African-American community to come together and enjoy their heritage. Unlike many holidays, Kwanzaa was created by one person, Maulana Karenga, in 1966. He named the celebration Kwanzaa, which means "first fruits" in Swahili.
What do traffic lights, self-inking stamps, and blood banks all have in common? They’re just a few of the contributions by African American inventors we’re highlighting in a rotating series of interactive displays this February!