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Kwanzaa an African American Holiday festival includes aspects of first harvest celebrations of the Zulu and Ashanti people. Dr. Karenga started this celebration in 1966 to bring African Americans together as a community. Kwanazaa begins today, December 26, 2011. The celebration includes candle lighting every night for seven nights in acknowledgement of the Seven Principles, Unity, Self-determination, Responsibility, Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.
"People who fear that it's doing something to Christmas, the reality of it is that the majority of African-Americans who celebrate this are Christians,
black Christians, Jews, Muslims and those of other religions can all find something to celebrate in the nonsectarian holiday.What we're celebrating is African culture, that's our common ground," he said. He said the name is derived from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza" — for "first fruits."
Happy Kwanzaa !
Join us on this day of Ujamaa ( Co-operative economiics ) as we share the annual founder's Kwanzaa message - " Celebtating and Living Kwanzaa, Sowing and Harvesting Seeds of Good"
7 Principles of Kwanzaa: The Way of Living
HAPPY KWANZAA! A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture The Principle Imani: “Commitment, duty, and obligation to trust and believe in our people and our parents and our meet all challenges and to make progress.” Faith Theme: Believing in ourselves and our people.
The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa are a pathway to the restoration of African American people. Embracing these principles will give dispatch to the reappearance of families as a normative feature of black life, serve to increase permanent unions of love between women and men, give rise to neighborhood institutions and conditions necessary to enable black children to thrive, and give birth to school excellence and the pursuit of knowledge in the service of humanity.
As a moral pathway, the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa is the interpretive framework for molding family and community identity and attachments.
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According to Wikapedia - Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.
This week we tackle the question; Is Kwanzaa a Real Holiday? and talked about the components of Kwanzaa with Jessica Smith; the founder and director of Culture Kingdom Kids™, a creative arts company that produces educational children’s programs that celebrate African-American cultures. Since 2010, Culture Kingdom Kids has promoted cultural heritage and awareness values through fun and interactive performances and workshops at schools, festivals, community centers and museums
The African American celebration of Kwanzaa is from December 26 through January 1, and since its inception in 1966, has become widely practiced across the U.S. as a time of food, fellowship, and fun for those who appreciate the African cultural expressions of song and dance that reconnect us to our heritage. Kwanzaa is also a time where those who produce products may sell them at events as vendors in an open market style of selling reminicent of the African marketplace. It gives an opportunity for African American entrepreneurs to promote and sell products after the Christmas spending spree and still make money on the gift giving tradition of family and friends celebrating Kwanzaa. Started by Maulana Ron Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa, although not a religious based holiday, promotes a set of seven principles to live by that are based on moral and ethical principles of a community that values the individual as part of a collective. Umoja, (Unity in Swahili) is the first principle. Today we look at those who are making efforts toward creating a stronger economic base using the principle of unity.
Sawyerr Speaks is in holiday mode, as Chinyere takes over the show, and substituting for Hannah while she is away is Nadia, and the girls will discuss the new year that is on the horizon, as well as the celebration of Kwanzaa from a teen perspective.
In between, the girls also touch on college aspirations, and with the coming of the new year, look towards the future.
Sawyerr Speaks is an original program of the King James Radio Network.
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JOIN US FOR THIS SPECIAL ON THE COMMUNITY ON HISTORY AND HERITAGE. BRINGING YOU THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF KWANZAA. CELEBRATING A HOLIDAY THAT HAS THE TRUE MEANING OF UNITY, PEACE AND LOVE BEHIND IT. THE PEACEFUL SHARING AND CARING OF BUILDING WHAT LIFE AND UNITY IS REALLY ABOUT WHEN CELEBRATING A HOLIDAY. CALL IN AND SHARE WHAT KWANZAA AND THE HOLIDAYS MEAN TO YOU.
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In 1966, Maulana Karenga started a movement, which later became the international holiday now known as Kwanzaa. Please join me on “The Dedan Tolbert Show” LIVE tonight at 9:00pm EST for an in depth discussion on “Kwanzaa & What it Means to the Black Community”… where we’ll discuss its origin, meaning and effect it’s had on the nation. To hear us discuss the 7 principles and how they illustrate how far we’ve come as a people and how far we still have to go, listen LIVE by calling 646 200 0366 or listen online worldwide at www.dedantolbertshow.com... “REAL Radio that Matters”.