Celebrating Kwanzaa

Those celebrating Kwanzaa will do so from December 26 to January 1. Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday that celebrates African heritage and African-American culture. This time is for reflection, community, and the reaffirmation of cultural values and principles. As you celebrate Kwanzaa, light a candle on the Kinara each day and discuss the below principles.

Umoja (Unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, and nation.

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as create and speak for ourselves.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together, making our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and solving them together.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our stores, shops, and other businesses, and to profit from them together.

Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

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.

Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.


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