What is the meaning of Kwanzaa? It has 7

When the Bias Busters class that published “100 Questions and Answers About African Americans,” it encountered questions about Kwanzaa. Here is how that went in our guide:

What is Kwanzaa?
Kwanzaa is a celebration of African heritage and principles. It occurs Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. It grew out of the Black Nationalist Movement in the mid 1960s. Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, chairman of Black Studies at California State University. From the Swahili phrase “first fruits of the harvest,” Kwanzaa celebrates seven principles Here they are, as identified in that East African language:

Man and daughter filling pitcher
umoja: unity
kujichagulia: self-determination
ujima: collective responsibility
ujamaa: cooperative economics
nia: purpose
kuumba: creativity
imani: faith

Although Kwanzaa has a different meaning or value each day, it is not a religious holiday.

Today, the fifth day of 2020’s Kwanzaa, connotes building community to restore people to their historic greatness. That starts in families where members use their time and talents to contribute to others.

In talking about helping others, people look for purposes that will elevate all.

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“100 Questions and Answers About African Americans” is available from Amazon or the Front Edge Publishing bookstore.

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