Happy Kwanzaa, EVERYONE.

As my good friend, John said last year at the annual Kwanzaa party that we attend every year:  “We’re All From Africa”.  So Happy Kwanzaa to all!   
Let’s work for peace in 2008.
Read Dr. Maulana Karenga’s 2007 Message
http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/documents/KwanzaaandtheSevenPrinciples.pdf 

A Celebration of African American Family, Community and Culture
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The Nguzo Saba - The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa NGUZO SABA
(The Seven Principles)

Kwanzaa Symbol - Umoja (unity) Umoja (Unity)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
Kwanzaa symbol- Kujichagulia (self-determination Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
Kwanzaa Symbol - Ujima (collective work and responsibility) 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.
Kwanzaa symbols - Nia (purpose) Nia (Purpose)
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Kwanzaa symbol - Kuumba (Creativity) 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.
Kwanzaa symbol - Imani (faith) 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.
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