Kwanzaa trivia

Posted On December 29, 2009

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On December 26, 1966, the first day of the first Kwanzaa was celebrated. How much do you know about the seven-day tribute to African-American culture?

1. Dr. Maulana Karenga is credited as the designer of the seven-day holiday. At which California school did he work as a professor in the Black Studies department?

B. CSU Long Beach
C. San Francisco
D. UC Berkley

2. Karenga created the holiday largely in response to…..

A. The riot in Watts
B. The death of Dr. Martin Luther King
C. The Vietnam War
D. A challenge from a student

3. Kwanzaa comes from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means what in Swahili?

A. Gathering of equals
B. Growing branches
C. Mother of descendants
D. First fruits

4. The celebration focuses on the Nguzo Saba, or seven principles of African culture. Four of these are unity, self-determination, cooperative economics and collective work and responsibility. Which of the following is not one of the other three principles?

A. Purpose
B. Communication
C. Creativity
D. Faith

5. What traditionally comes on January 1, the final day of Kwanzaa?

A. Quiet reflection
B. The lighting of the black candle
C. The exchange of gifts
D. Bible study


1. B.
2. A.
3. D.
4. B.
5. A.