Did you know Kwanzaa is celebrated Dec 26th - Jan 1st?
Dr. Maulana Karenga, created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, he searched for ways to bring African Americans together as a community.
Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday and is not meant to be an alternative to religious holidays, like Christmas.
Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the principles:
- Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
- 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.
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own 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 in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- 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.
- 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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