Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Kwanzaa "A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture"



The Nguzo Saba  

The Seven Principles
Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community. 

These values are called the Nguzo Saba which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. Developed by African-Americans, the Nguzo Saba stand at the heart of the origin and meaning of Kwanzaa, for it is these values which are not only the building blocks for community but also serve to reinforce and enhance them. 

1. Umoja (oo-MOH-jah): Unity
Success starts with Unity. Unity of family, community, nation and race.

2. Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah): Self-Determination
To be responsible for ourselves. To create your own destiny.

3. Ujima (oo-JEE-mah): Collective work and responsibility
To build and maintain your community together. To work together to help one another within your community.

4. Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH): Collective economics
To build, maintain, and support our own stores, establishments, and businesses.

5. Nia (NEE-ah): Purpose
To restore African American people to their traditional greatness. To be responsible to Those Who Came Before (our ancestors) and to Those Who Will Follow (our descendants).

6. Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah): Creativity
Using creativity and imagination to make your communities better than what you inherited.

7. Imani (ee-MAH-nee): Faith
Believing in our people, our families, our educators, our leaders, and the righteousness of the African American struggle.


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