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  • Writer's pictureKei Youngblood

Habari Ghani!

Peace Y'all, and Season Greetings!

We thought we'd get this blog started in the perfect way, on the perfect day, at the perfect time; and now here we are with the perfect touch of full moon magic. But anyway, we come to you with the warmth of the Solstices' light to spread love and information about Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga ilk to the "first harvest" for African's (in America). This holiday takes place over the course of a week, starting December 26, and ends January 1; and each day, a principle is celebrated. The principles are:

Umoja (unity) - To strive for and 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 brother's and sister's 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 development 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.

We are working closely this year to intentionally weave these principles into the fabric of our work! What are some ways you and your people will be incorporating these principles into your movements this upcoming year?

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