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7 Principles of Kwanza

Our friend (and likely District 6 Supervisor candidate) James Keys sent this out today, and I thought it might be interesting reading for a lot neighbors who are not very familiar with Kwanza … I edited it slightly to let you interpret your own meaning of each principle.

Day #1: December 26
Umoja (oo-MOE-jah)
Unity “To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.”

Day #2: December 27
Kujichagulia (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-ah)
Self Determination “To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.”

Day #3: December 28
Ujima (oo-JEE-mah)
Collective Work & Responsibility ” To build and maintain our community together and to make our brother’s and sister’s problems, our problems and to solve them together.”

Day #4: December 29
Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah)
Cooperative Economics “To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them.”

Day #5: December 30
Nia (nee-AH)
Purpose ” To make as our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. ”

Day #6: December 31
Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah)
Creativity ” To do always as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful than when we inherited it.”

Day #7: January 1
Day of Meditation
Imani (ee-MAH-nee)
Faith ” To believe with all our hearts in our parents, our teachers, our leaders, our people and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.”

Kwanzaa yenu iwe na heri!

(kwahn-ZAH YEH-noo EE-weh nah heh-REE)

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