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Fundamentals of Kwanzaa

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 http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/



Dr. Kenneth Green D.D. MDiv was born in Denver, Colorado to two developmentally disabled adults. Fighting just to overcome the regular things that others take for granted. He is now dedicated to showing people how to overcome in their lives. Holding a Bachelors of Christian Ministry, a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate of Divinity from Missionary Chapel Seminary. This man was never supposed to even graduate high school. But he has overcome all these things only through the grace of God! And he lives to give all glory to God! His passion for Genealogy started when he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1999. He had a desire to find his family. Working to find his ancestors he has fallen in love with the genealogy field as a career and is dedicated to teaching this art to the next generation. A proud member of the Constitution First Amendment Press Association and holds press credentials from there.

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