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Embrace Kwanzaa On A Daily Basis

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.’

We are truly our ancestors wildest dreams, therefore, let's not forget the principles of Kwanzaa the other 358 days of the year. Let's make Kwanzaa a daily lifestyle!

I wanted to start this blog with a challenge. The challenge is to practice the Principles of Kwanzaa everyday. It could be anything from speaking to your brothers and sisters on the street, ya know... flash that beautiful smile or give that head nod to say "I see you" (Umoja) to opening or supporting a black-owned business (Ujamaa.)

In 2020, make every move a conscious one. Ask yourself, "Is this something that will repair, renew, or remake my family, community, or culture?" You may be pleasantly surprised like 17 year old Sarah Wells who said that she experienced, "A new revelation of self-worth" since she started making the principles of Kwanzaa a part of her daily life.

“I think being connected with my family, my spirituality and even with myself is very important. It’s about self-love and connecting with your history,” said Wells. “If you are a Black man, Black woman, young or old, if you understand where you have come from, you will understand how wonderful you are. You will know that no one can stop you. I think violence and a lot of the problems we have in this world starts at home, so it’s very beneficial to teach children good principles.” Sarah Wells

“Walk gently, act justly, relate righteously in the world — for the world and all that is in it.” Dr Karenga (Creator of Kwanzaa)

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

Umoja, or Unity: The first principle of Kwanzaa is unity, especially as it relates to family, community, nation and race. 

Kujichagulia, or Self-Determination: This principle encourages participants to define and speak for themselves.

Ujima, or Collective Work and Responsibility: Participants should build and maintain community together and help solve each others' problems.

Ujamaa, Cooperative Economics: Cooperative economics are the sum of three concepts:

  1. Shared wealth and work;

  2. Economic self-reliance and;

  3. Obligation of generosity. 

Nia, or Purpose: This principle is defined as building and developing community.

Kuumba, or Creativity: To leave the community more beautiful than before.

Imani, or Faith: Finally, for Kwanzaa’s last night, participants reflect on faith in people, family and leaders. 

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