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Kwanzaa

As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. Given the profound significance Kwanzaa has for African Americans and indeed, the world African community, it is imperative that an authoritative source and site be made available to give an accurate and expansive account of its origins, concepts, values, symbols and practice.
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As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. Given the profound significance Kwanzaa has for African Americans and indeed, the world African community, it is imperative that an authoritative source and site be made available to give an accurate and expansive account of its origins, concepts, values, symbols and practice.

Moreover, given the continued rapid growth of Kwanzaa and the parallel expanded discussion of it and related issues, an authoritative source which aids in both framing and informing the discussion is likewise of the greatest importance. Therefore, the central interest of this website is to provide information which reveals and reaffirms the integrity, beauty and expansive meaning of the holiday and thus aids in our approaching it with the depth of thought, dignity, and sense of specialness it deserves.

The holiday, then will of necessity, be engaged as an ancient and living cultural tradition which reflects the best of African thought and practice in its reaffirmation of the dignity of the human person in community and culture, the well-being of family and community, the integrity of the environment and our kinship with it, and the rich resource and meaning of a people's culture. It is within this understanding, then, that the Organization Us, the founding organization of Kwanzaa and the authoritative keeper of the tradition, has established and maintains this website.

 

DR. MAULANA KARENGA

The celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Kwanzaa is a significant marker and milestone in itself, not only because of what it says about the expansive message and en- during meaning that Kwanzaa has for mil- lions throughout the world African commu- nity, but also because of what it says about us as a people. For it speaks to our profound commitment to self-determination; to cul- tural reaffirmation and the celebration of ourselves; to our right and responsibility to speak our own special cultural truth in a multicultural world; and to the practice and ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, the hub and hinge on which the holiday turns.
As always, the season and celebration of Kwanzaa rightfully calls to mind its ori- gins in the ancient African first-fruit harvest celebrations and the model of the harvest which stresses the cooperative creation, gathering and sharing of good, specifically food as a life-sustaining good; gratitude for the bountifulness and beauty of the world; and the commitment to protect and preserve the earth as both a source of life and a site of the sacred. This Kwanzaa comes with an increased concern for the well-being of the world because of the continuing injustice and oppression imposed on humans and the injury and injustice inflicted on the earth. ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ we are faced with a challenge that calls for a ␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ from destroying the very basis of human life ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ earth to heal her wounds and in the process ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣
It is here that we link the concept and practice of sharing the world with that of sustaining the world, for the well-being and
flourishing of humans are tied to the health and wholeness of the world. Therefore, for our ancestors and us, sustainment is a dual concept of both well-being and right-being of and in the world, a world of social and environmental justice, peace, physical and spiritual well-being and ongoing develop- ment. Here the Nguzo Saba are again posed as a vital and valuable way to walk, work and struggle in the world for the well-being, wholeness and flourishing of ourselves and the world. And their central and summary message is: walk gently, act justly and relate rightly in and for the world.
The principle of Umoja (unity) speaks to our need to develop and sustain a sense of oneness, righteous and rightful togetherness in the small and large circles and significant relations of our lives, from family and friendship to community and the cosmos. It urges us to practice a principled and peace- ful togetherness rooted in mutual respect; justice; care and concern; security of person; and equitably shared goods. And it calls on us to stand in solidarity with the oppressed, suffering and struggling peoples of the world in the cooperative achievement of these goods.
The principle of Kujichagulia (Self- Determination) instructs us to assert our- selves in self-defining and dignity-affirming ways in the world; and to create the mira- cles, monuments and meaningful relation- ships and achievements we want in our lives. And it reaffirms our right and respon- sibility to live liberating and liberated lives; to value and dialog constantly with our own culture; retrieve and bring forth the best of what it means to be African and human, and speak this unique and equally valid and val- uable truth to the world. And it upholds the
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KWANZAA AND THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES SHARING AND SUSTAINING THE WORLD Los Angeles Sentinel, 12-22-11, p.A7
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KWANZAA AND THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES
SHARING AND SUSTAINING THE WORLD Los Angeles Sentinel, 12-22-11, p.A7
DR. MAULANA KARENGA  
 
right of all peoples in the world to demand and do likewise.
The principle of Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) teaches us that we must build the good and sustainable com- munities, societies and world we all want and deserve to live in and leave to those af- ter us. This means, as Dr. Mary McLeod Be- ␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ This means engaging and solving the major problems of the world, including: poverty; famine and food insecurity; housing; envi- ronmental degradation; economic security; HIV/AIDS and other health issues; educa- tion; racism; sexism; corporate plunder; war; occupation; crime and the criminal injustice system.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) reaf- firms the ethics of the harvest, shared work and shared wealth. It thus is opposed to in- equitable distribution of wealth, and re- source monopoly and plunder by the rich and powerful. And it teaches us to privilege the poor and vulnerable, and uphold the right of all peoples to live lives of freedom, dignity, well-being and ongoing develop- ment. Ujamaa also urges us to give rightful recognition and support to the small farmers and farm workers of the world for the vital role they play in feeding and sustaining peo- ple and the planet, especially in the context of the globalization of agriculture and its destructive effects on the lives and lands of the people.
The principle of Nia (Purpose) teaches us to embrace and respond creatively to the collective vocation of restoring to our peo- ple the position and possibilities of great achievements thru doing good in the world.
For the sacred teaching of our ancestors in the    Husia    ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ their wisdom and the great are known by their    good    deed␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ Odu    Ifa,    they ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ the fundamental mission and meaning in human life.
The principle of Kuumba (Creativity) ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣l- waysasmuchaswecaninthewaywecan in order to leave our community more beau- ␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ Thus, we must practice serudj ta, constantly repair and remake the world, a Maatian con- cept with ethical and aesthetic, as well as natural and social implications, and which expansively means: to repair the damaged, raise up the ruined, replenish the depleted, rejoin the severed; strengthen the weakened; set right the wrong; and make flourish the fragile and undeveloped.
Finally, the principle of Imani (Faith) teaches and urges us to hold fast to the faith of our ancestors, that reassures us that through cooperative work and struggle, the famine and food insecurity in Somalia, the Horn of Africa, and the rest of the world, can be ended; that the human-caused catas- trophe of Katrina will not occur again; that the fields and forests of Haiti will blossom, grow abundant grain and fruit again; and that every other plundered, polluted and de- pleted place will do likewise. And it is a faith that assures us we can truly transform ourselves and the world, and insure clean air, pure water, safe and nutritious food for everyone, and a free, just, secure, dignity- affirming and flourishing life and future for all the world.
Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and Chair of Africana Studies, California State University-Long Beach; Executive Director, African American Cultural Center (Us); Creator of Kwanzaa; and author of Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture and Introduction to Black Studies, 4th Edition, www.MaulanaKarenga.org.

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