Real MOORS TAlk about Kwanzaa Celebration
Founder Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga and co-founded with Hakim Jamal the Asiatic nationalism and social change organization in the United States.
Principles and Symbols of Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba—the seven principles of African Heritage), which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy," consisting of what Karenga called "the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world." These seven principles comprise *Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:
Principle 1 : Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Principle 2 : Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves
Principle 3 : 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.
Principle 4 : Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Principle 5 : Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Principle 6 : 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.
Principle 7 : Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.