Happy Kwanaa from Hip Hop Enquirer to You and Yours!

| December 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
ca. 2001 --- Family Celebrating Kwanzaa --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

ca. 2001 — Family Celebrating Kwanzaa — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Kwanzaa is an African-American and Pan-African holiday which dates back to 1966, when it was founded by California State University professor Dr. Maulana Karenga.

Kwanzaa celebrations include African drums, singing, dancing, poetry, and a family meal. A candle is lit on each of the seven nights of Kwanzaa in honor of the seven principles of the holiday: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. A discussion of the principle is hosted after the candle is lit.
Kwanzaa Symbol - Umoja (unity)
Umoja (Unity)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
Kwanzaa symbol- Kujichagulia (self-determination
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
Kwanzaa Symbol - Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
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.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Kwanzaa symbols - Nia (purpose)
Nia (Purpose)
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Kwanzaa symbol - Kuumba (Creativity)
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.
Kwanzaa symbol - Imani (faith)
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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