What do you really know about Kwanzaa? I have had the pleasure to educate people of all ethnicities this month about an African- American celebration created in 1966 by Dr. Ron Karenga.
Everyone should be able to identify with some aspects of Kwanzaa. It's a time of reflection on one's heritage, family and faith by reviewing some life principles that are put into practce throughout the year.
One comment that I heard a number of times when I discussed the Kwanzaa celebration was, "Well, I don't celebrate Kwanzaa." My response was "Neither do I, but that doesn't stop me from learning and opening up my mind to something unfamiliar."
Here are the seven principles:
The Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa are:
· Umoja(oo-MOH-jah): Unity
· Kujichagulia(koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah): Self-Determination
· Ujima(oo-JEE-mah): Collective Work and Responsibility
· Ujamaa(oo-jah-MAH): Collective Economics
· Nia(NEE-ah): Purpose
· Kuumba(koo-OOM-bah): Creativity
· Imani(ee-MAH-nee): Faith