Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, or Happy Holidays but I want to talk about Kwanzaa. Tomorrow is the first day of Kwanzaa!
The first time I heard about Kwanzaa I was about 9 years old. My family never actively celebrated it but it was always mentioned. It wasn't until last year when I did my Google's and found the seven principles. I believe that the seven principles is something we should do consistently in the Black community. If you don't know about Kwanzaa here is a brief synopsis.
What is Kwanzaa?
Kwanzaa is a week long celebration that honors African Heritage in African American culture.
Who created Kwanzaa?
It was created by Maulana Karenga in 1966. I'm not going to tell you who he is (DO YOUR GOOGLE'S PEOPLE) but his goal was to give Black people an alternative to the existing holidays. He wanted Black People to celebrate themselves and their history.
When it is celebrated?
Kwanzaa is observed from December 26th to January 1st.
What are the 7 principles?
- December 26 Umoja or Unity
- To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
- December 27 Kujichagulia or Self-Determination
- To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves
- December 28 Ujima or 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
- December 29 Ujamaa or Cooperative Economics
- To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from there together
- December 30 Nia or Purpose
- To make our collective vocation the building and development of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness
- December 31 Kuumba or 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
- January 1 Imani or Faith
- To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle
We need this more now than ever! Carry these principles all of 2017.