Kwanzaa Celebration

Have you heard of Kwanzaa?  Kwanzaa is a celebration that is observed throughout the United States and Africa.

It starts on December 26th and ends on January 1st. Here are the seven principles:

1st principle: Umoja–Unity

To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race

2nd principle: Kujichagulia–Self-determination

To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves

3rd principle: Ujima–Collective work and responsibility

To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers and sisters’ problems our problems and solve them together.

4th principle: Ujamaa–Cooperative economics

To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

5th principle: Nia–Purpose

To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to the traditional greatness.

6th principle: Kuumba–Creativity

To do always as much as we can, in the way we can to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

7th principle:  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.