The Principles of Kwanzaa

Posted On December 29, 2009

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The Principles of Kwanzaa >

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 brothers’ and sisters’ 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 developing 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.

Source: Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa founder

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