Kwanzaa-Day 4 Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) oo-JAH-mah

If there were ever a principle that should be reflected on after a holiday that has been commercialized it should be Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics). While we live in a global society and our world is centered around international trade, there is something to be said about supporting local business owners and keeping fiscal resources in the community. The principle Ujamaa is a cry for us to support … Continue reading

Kwanzaa-Day 3 -December 28, 2023 Ujima (oo-Jee-mah) Collective Work & Responsibility

The third day of Kwanzaa we reflect on Ujima- Collective Work and Responsibility. This principle like the other Kwanzaa principles fit well together.  The first principle Umoja (Unity) is togetherness. The second principle Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) is the ability to stay focused. The third principle Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) emphasizes community working together as well as holding each other accountable.  Being unified is an excellent goal and … Continue reading

Kwanzaa: Day 2 Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) Koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-ah

The second day of Kwanzaa we reflect on the principle of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination). Determination means clarity or firmness of purpose. If we are going to accomplish a goal we need determination. Determined also says that we must have faith, because to be determined we literally have to lean on a power that is greater than ourselves (that helps us become unwavering). In our determined spirit, … Continue reading

Kwanzaa: Umoja (Unity)

Happy Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa is an African American Holiday derived from several first fruits celebrations in Africa. The Holiday is rooted in seven Principles (from various parts of Africa) that we call the Nguzu Saba.  Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday and does not compete or interfere with the Christian religious celebrations of Christmas.   Kwanzaa, a celebration of Black Culture and the global African Diaspora was founded … Continue reading