From our story:
Founded in 1966, Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of black studies at California State University.
Maulana Karenga's given name was Ron. He was a radical black separatist and Marxist with ties to a criminal enterprise called the Black Panthers. Karenga was an FBI informant and a cultist, who was known to torture and abuse women. His greatest hustle was the invention of Kwanzaa. The holiday now is nothing more than a relic of a bygone era of 60s radicalism. It is celebrated by just a few thousand in a country of 300 million. There are probably far more scientologists and Raeleans in the USA than Kwanzaa celebrators.
Karenga's goal was to use Kwanzaa to separate African-Americans from the larger society to establish his own racist cult. It didn't work but Kwanzaa survived thanks as to white liberals, greeting card companies, and the media, as a way to "respect" African culture.
Still, it's ironic that any chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People would celebrate a holiday actually manufacted to retard the advancement of black people in American society by getting them to join a misogynistic racist cult.
For more on the Kwanzaa hustle, click here and here.