Now that the holidays are over (excluding Eid Al-Adha) I am looking back & thinking about the seven principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa which ended yesterday.
My family did not totally celebrate Kwanzaa as structured but we hosted a Kwanzaa event last Saturday (12/22/06) which was geared towards giving children information on Kwanzaa & the importance of acknowledgment and or celebration of the seven days.
We hosted about 12 kids (what a challenge for me) & had an African naming ceremony (my name is Tafari, which means one who inspires awe), a Kwanzaa info session with Q & A, we poured Libations, ate dinner & did a craft; in essence Kwanzaa in a small but intense dose.
So anyway moving forward a week, I head a hair appointment this past Saturday (12/29/06) & we got to talking about Kwanzaa & how many Blacks are just misinformed on the symbolism & importance of the day, the we started to specifically talk about the Nguzo Saba.
Since you are reading this I will assume that you are familiar with the Nguzo Saba but if you are, please see below. My friends & I discussed that Africans across the world should practice and acknowledge these principles 24 -|- 7 -|- 365.
I view practicing/living by the Nguzo Saba as a common sense approach to self sufficiency & Unity in Africa and the diasporic continuum.
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 brother’s and sister’s 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.
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
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.
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
As always I respect all view points, whether you celebrate, acknowledge or think Kwanzaa is bootleg, But I think after examining the Nguzo Saba, how can you deny that this is a start to pulling us together?
If you celebrated Kwanzaa in any kinda way, I would love to know what you did (drop a comment).
Official Kwanzaa Site