'Tis the season to light the Unity Candle!!!
Kwanzaa (a holiday founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga), takes place annually, from December 26th - January 1st, and is based on seven principles (Nguzo Saba):
Further elaborating on the meaning of Kwanzaa, this year, Karenga shares the following message:
"The celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Kwanzaa is a significant marker and milestone in itself, not only because of what it says about the expansive message and en-during meaning that Kwanzaa has for mil-lions throughout the world African commu-nity, but also because of what it says about us as a people. For it speaks to our profound commitment to self-determination; to cul-tural reaffirmation and the celebration of ourselves; to our right and responsibility to speak our own special cultural truth in a multicultural world; and to the practice and promotion of Kwanzaa’s core principles, the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, the hub and hinge on which the holiday turns."
Moreover, as the holiday continues to grow, national and international attention has been shown to the observation; e.g. the United States Postal Service has issued two, commemorative stamps (1997 & 2004), and an award-winning, documentary film by M.K. Asante, Jr., narrated by Dr. Maya Angelou (The Black Candle, 2009), helps to define what it means to celebrate the season and a people.
(USPS Kwanzaa stamp, 1997, artwork by Synthia Saint James)
(USPS Kwanzaa stamp, 2004, artwork by Daniel Minter)
(The Black Candle, 2009, film by M.K. Asante, Jr.)
Happy Kwanzaa and Be Blessed Everyone!!!
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