Kwanzaa Celebrations

December 26, 2012 10:15:58 AM PST
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration honoring African American heritage and culture. It begins December 26th and continues through January 1st. Malcolm X College in Chicago is kicking off a weeklong of events culminating in a performance by the Minianka Drum and Dance Ensemble.

www.malcolmx.ccc.edu

Kwanzaa celebrates 7 principles:

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves stand up.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.


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