From Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, these days are dedicated to the seven principles - Nguzo Saba - seven African principles that encompass the mutual and interactive relationship with family, community, and the world.
"Kwanzaa is neither engaged nor celebrated outside of the life of Black people. It raises critical issues as well as the honored names and righteous deeds of the ancestors, engages questions in current life as well as history, of modes and means of resistance as well as celebrations of gains made, lives well-lived, battles well fought and won, and the goodness of life which our ancestors and we have worked and struggled so hard to bring into being, increase and sustain." Dr. Maulana Karenga
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This celebration introduces timeless principles rooted in our African heritage that provide an anchor for our sojourn in the global society. If you are a baby boomer or a member of the millennial generation, consider these principles as you prepare for the coming year.
THE FIRST DAY OF KWANZAA
Umoja (ooh-MOE-jah) means Unity, and it is the principle for the first day of Kwanzaa. "For we come into being and best express and develop our humanity in relationship. Although others may teach hate, hostility, alienation and animosity, we must raise up the essentiality of rightful relatedness, principled togetherness and an at-oneness with each other and the world which promises mutual respect, peace with justice and the shared good of the world." Dr. Maulana Karenga
Roger Madison, CEO