Gail Pellum dreds the hair of Teddy Hall of Beaumont in Pellum's FEMA trailer in Port Arthur on Thursday, December 21, 2006. Pellum gives books about African-American heritage to children as part of her Kwanzaa tradition. In the foreground is a hand-carved statue from Ghana of a Sankofa bird. The symbolism of the bird is to know the past to build for the future.
Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Today marks the beginning of Kwanzaa. The annual African-American heritage celebration, which started in 1966, takes place from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Please read more about the celebration on Wikipedia.