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Happy Kwanzaa

HAPPY KWANZAA 
'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):  
 
  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
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  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves stand up.
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  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
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  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
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  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
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  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
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  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

  • 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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    References:
    www.google.com, www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org

    1 comment:

    1. An insightful blog on Kwanzaa.Best wishes for your future posts. Asante sana.

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