Kwanzaa

Our Kwanzaa Resource Center consist of a full  line of Kwanzaa Items - Kinara, Mats (Mkeka), Seven Candles (Mishumaa Saba), Unity Cups (Kikombe Cha Umoja), Kwanzaa Cards, & Resource Books.

Kwanzaa means "first fruits of the harvest," a time to celebrate African American people, our ancestors and our culture. Africans and African Americans of all religious faiths and backgrounds celebrate Kwanzaa. The annual seven-day celebration begins the day after Christmas, December 26, and ends on New Year's Day, January 1.

Kwanzaa was created by cultural scholar Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. The vision of Kwanzaa has resulted in one of the most important celebration by African Americans. It fosters a reunion of families and friends. It creates a positive moods in the community. It recognizes African American achievements, and is a time for cultural and rededication to strong family values. 

Kwanzaa is built around Seven Principles ... one Principle is celebrated each day during the seven days of Kwanzaa. It stressed that these Principles be kept and practice not just at Kwanzaa, but 365 days a year.  

The Seven Principles are called "The Nguzo Saba"

Day 1 - Umoja (Unity) To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

Day 2 - Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

Day 3 - Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) To build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together. 

Day 4 - Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Day 5 - Nia (Purpose) To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Day 6 - 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.

Day 7- 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.

Maulana Karenga 

 

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