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  • My First Kwanzaa

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    6 posts, 5 voices, 953 views, started Dec 27, 2009

    Posted on Sunday, December 27, 2009 by Mz. Queen




    • The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning first fruits of the harvest.  

      The Seven Principles (Seven Day Celebration)

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

          * Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, 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 heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

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