Fundamentals of Kwanzaa

Fundamentals of Kwanzaa

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The Background Story of My Love for Kwanzaa

On today’s family and friends Friday i wish to talk briefly about Kwanzaa. For me as a male of majority African descent this holiday has special meaning to me. I must admit i dont know the most about the holiday. But i am looking to get connected with some of the cultural celebrations happening around town.

A role model for me here in Denver is Brother Jeff and his cultural center always has events for this holiday. A holiday started by Doctor Karenga it’s so important to note its not just a celebration. Kwanzaa is guided by seven principles which are observed over the seven day celebration. I will list them briefly here,

The Principles of Kwanzaa

  • Umoja / Unity – Which i think is a valuable principle beyond words. Uniting our communities something that has been lacking in African communities since slavery.
  • Kujichagulia / Self Determination – A key that any of us need to ruse. We must be determined. I do not feel well today and i wanted to pack it in. But i thoght my blog and my future were more important and this message more important. So i’m burning the midnight oil getting things done.
  • Ujima / Collective Work and Responsibility – Working for the betterment of a entire village not just ourselves.
  • Ujamaa / Cooperative Economics – I’m not a nation of Islam member or five percenter. But i do think we do not support each other and we neeed to get back to supporting our communities.
  • Nia / Purpose – We must find purpose for our lives and ourselves.
  • Kuumba / Creativity – This is my favorite principle. I love being creative via my writing and photography etc.
  • Imani / Faith – This is a key driving force in my life. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and my religion is very important to me. I believe we must hasve faith and i wont tell you how to have it only how it affects me.

For more details on Kwanzaa check out the official website at



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Greetings, My name is Kenneth Green and i am the originator and chief content creator at simplykenneth. Years ago i realized i had a given gift of communication and i felt that a journal online could help others and help myself. So i started my first blog three years ago, and this is the site that has all those records. I am married to a beautiful wife named Rachel and we have three kids well cats hehe, Sneaks, Squeaks, and Scrappy. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have a love of culinary cooking (check out my food blog and genealogy ( i work in the political arena and n my down time i love to watch movies, youtube, and shopping! This site is an open window in my brain! Welcome to SimplyKG

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