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The Rise of Kwanzaa as African Americans Embrace Self-Empowerment

Search the internet for Kwanzaa and you'll find a myriad of articles. Several of them question the validity of the holiday. They also question and condemn the character of the holiday's founder, Dr. Maulana Karenga.

Whether the points they make are true or false, does any of it take away from the true spirit of the holiday and the positivity that celebrating it brings? If it is required that the person who enlightens or shares wisdom be without flaw, then we will never have an opportunity to learn.

“The thing that has made the so-called Negro in America fail, more than any other thing, is your, my lack of knowledge concerning history. We know less about history than anything else.” – Malcolm X

Imagine what our families and communities would be like if we implemented the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles) all the time. If our children were raised on the principles of Unity, Self- Determination, Collective work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith I believe we would see a very different result in amongst our race.

African Americans are a young "liberated" race in America. Only 50 years has passed since we were considered equal in America.

We are still trying to overcome the damaging mental terrorism suffered for over 200 years. Husbands being murdered and sold, wives being beaten and raped. children being sold off like cattle. We are still learning to walk and talk as a collective people. We are still figuring out what family and community means.

Appropriately so, the first day of Kwanzaa celebrates the principle of Umoja (Unity). To survive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race. Unity is the first step we need to come together to uplift and build a legacy of pride.

Below is a graphic that identifies and explains The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

The Official Kwanzaa Website

“This years annual Kwanzaa theme is, ‘Embracing the Principles and Practices of Kwanzaa: Creating and Celebrating the Good’. It is so named in order to reaffirm the centrality of the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, in this the 50th Anniversary of their introduction the lives and liberation movement of our People in 1965″.

~The Official Kwanzaa Website~

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