Ethnic Scrapbooking
A Kwanzaa Konnection from Ethnic Scrapbooking
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

Please visit my blog for more details on how I made the Kwanzaa Konnection this year.
Lisa Sanford, author of Ethnic Scrapbooking and contributor to Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker's Soul, is a Contributing Editor of Scraps of Color e-zine where she writes a monthly cultural inspiration column. She is a wife, mother, artist, writer, and part-time organizational freak. Owner of LJS Media, she is available for corporate photography, speaking engagements regarding scrapbooking, cultural diversity issues, traditions & holidays.  You can find her online on her blog or contact her through email at  Be sure to check out the details about her new book and challenges at her book website
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