Leonard Harris, of Flossmoor, lifts a cup with what would typically be shared communal libations on Saturday, Dec. 31, during the sixth night of Kwanzaa. (Bill Jones/H-F Chronicle)

Kwanzaa Night 6: Leonard Harris honors ancestors with unity cup, lights kinara, talks creativity

Leonard Harris said they were going to improvise a little the evening of Saturday, Dec. 31.

Typically, the Kikombe cha Umoja (unity cup) would be filled with libations and passed around the group. But Harris said he was not going to do that during the sixth night of a community celebration of Kwanzaa taking place at Flossmoor Park.

Instead, as he held the cup, he asked those present to think about and call out the names of the ancestors they wished to honor.

“I don’t want you to do it quietly,” Harris . . .

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