Celebrating Kwanzaa

December 26, 2011 10:05:38 AM PST
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration honoring African-American heritage and culture. It begins December 26 and continues through January 1. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with 7 candles and culminates in a feast and gift giving. All week long, Malcolm X College in Chicago is hosting a weeklong of events culminating in a performance by the Minianka African Drum and Dance Ensemble.

For more information on Kwanzaa Celebrations at Malcolm X College: malcolmx.ccc.edu

For more information about Minianka African Drum & Dance Ensemble: www.minianka.com

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.