I LOVE Kwanzaa! I really do! It was so bittersweet attending the last night of the week-long celebration. Night after night I look around the room and smiled at how beautiful and talented members of my extended family are. There were dancers. Not like the ones on Uncle Lukes videos but REAL spirit filled dancers. There were story tellers. Not like the ones on t.v. behind desk, but ones that talked about hope and answering the call of your destiny. There was also food.( Which happens to be the best reason to attend says my sons. ) Not like the food-like products from the side store, but alive and for the restoration of our bodies. Trust me, it was a lot going on, even the education was unique. Nothing that you would find in any classroom. Seriously? What classroom teacher ever told you that you go to school to learn how to create opportunities? I for one have always thought Johnson and Wales would help me get a good job…..Ok, they did. But the speaker said we have to do more in this day and age. Yes, it’s a new day ya’ll. That stuff ,we used to do isn’t working anymore- Kwanzaa is the answer! The principals are designed to uplift, equipt and motivate the family. I try to live by those guiding codes because they make sense. At any time in our house I’ll post a similar note on the kids bedroom mirror, wall, or even lunch bag of my kids. I just give s them something to ponder during their quiet moments. Now I’m about to share family secrets with you right now. Ready?
Sharing with many and introducing to others: Kwanzaa in Charlotte NC 2012-13
(a day by day peek)
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.
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.
A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture – Kwanzaa was founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. It’s a week-long celebration held in the United States (and, more recently, Canada) but also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora. 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.
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.
Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba): Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility,cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. All of which we experienced first hand.
Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanz
See more coverage here! Thanks to Ron (Kwanzaa Charlotte)
-Till next time! Harambee , QC Supermom