Nestled between Christmas and New Year’s Day, Kwanzaa is a celebration for millions in the African-American and Pan-African communities.
For some families, that means a large, traditional meal and storytelling. For others, celebrations include African drums, songs and dances. Others bond over photos, poetry and gifts throughout the seven days.
No matter how families choose to celebrate, beginning today they will reflect on the deep-rooted principles of unity, purpose, creativity and faith.
Learn more about the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and find seven differences in the picture below.
Seven Principles of Kwanzaa
1. Umoja (Unity) To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
2. Kujichagulia (Self-determination) To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
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.
4. Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
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.
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.
7. 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.
— Source: morgan.edu
Dr. Maulana Karenga, widely known as the creator of Kwanzaa, graduated from York’s William Penn High School. Read more at York Town Square.