Fundamentals of Kwanzaa
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/