‘Kwanzaa Crawl’ helps stimulate black-owned businesses

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Thousands of people began celebrating the first day of Kwanzaa Wednesday with the "Kwanzaa Crawl" – an effort to support minority-owned business in Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Co-founder Kerry Coddett says the crawl will stimulate the local economy after losing "so many black businesses due to gentrification."

Thirty bars and restaurants across the borough and Harlem are participating in the event.

Last year's Crawl generated $100,000. Organizers expect to raise even more money this year.

Kwanzaa is celebrated by many African-Americans and honors seven core principles, including purpose, unity and faith.

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