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Live the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa Year Round

Don't let the celebration of Kwanzaa just be a seven-day event. Live the principles of

Kwanzaa year-round.

Kwanzaa, in the Black community, means more than the actual celebration or recognition of family, community, culture, and the ancestors, but the day-to-day manifestation in your walk, words, and actions.

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa is defined as:

Umoja (oo-MOE-jah) = Unity: Joining together as a family, community, and race.

Kujichagulia (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-ah) = Self-determination: Responsibility for one's own future.

Ujima (oo-JEE-mah) = Collective Work and Responsibility: Building the community together and solving any problems as a group.

Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah) = Cooperative Economics: The community building and profiting from its own businesses.

Nia (nee-AH) = Purpose: The goal of working together to build community and further the African culture.

Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) = Creativity: Using new ideas to create a more beautiful and successful community.

Imani (ee-MAH-nee) = Faith: Honoring African ancestors, traditions, and leaders and celebrating past triumphs over adversity.

These powerful principles should be exercised personally, as well as in the family and community. It should be something we are always mindful of. It's about our African culture, ancestors, and community building.

The Black community is in dire need of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith for a better tomorrow.

However, what we see in our communities yearly isn't the practices of Kwanzaa's 7 Principles. There is too much hate, confusion, and self-destructive behavior.

When practicing the seven principles, we are reminded of our ancestors' journey in paving the way, our culture, family values, community building, and spiritual connection.

Reaching this feat is when we are in our truest form personally and collectively, as people who know who they are, where they come from, where they are going and what they have to do to get there.

Our struggles have been real and documented. There has been a real attack against Black men, women, and children.

Still, the fight for true liberation is in our hands. We have the power to overcome and take back what's ours. We just have to believe in ourselves, the mission at hand, and The Most High. Our future generations depend on it.

Therefore, let's continue living, practicing, and reminding each other of the importance of the Kwanzaa 7 Principles year-round.


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