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Kwanzaa. African American Celebration A time to celebrate…. Enchantment Laverne Ross. Heritage Culture Remembrance. With Emphasis On…. Family values Community responsibility Self Improvement. In Kiswahili… Kwanzaa stands for…. "First Fruits Of The Harvest.". Founded in 1966 by

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African American Celebration

A time to celebrate…

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Enchantment

Laverne Ross

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Heritage
  • Culture
  • Remembrance
with emphasis on
With Emphasis On….
  • Family values
  • Community responsibility
  • Self Improvement
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In Kiswahili…
  • Kwanzaa stands for…

"First Fruits Of The Harvest."

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Founded in 1966 by
  • Dr. Maulana Karenga
  • Based on the Nguzo Saba…
  • The Seven

Guiding Principles

1 umoja
1. Umoja
  • Unity
  • Importance of togetherness for
  • Family and community
  • “I Am We.”
  • “I Am We Because We Are.”
2 kujichagulia
2. Kujichagulia
  • Self-determination
  • Define our common interest
  • Make decisions that are in the best interest for entire family
3 ujima oo gee mah
3. Ujima- (oo-gee-mah)

Collective Work

and Responsibility

3 ujima
3. Ujima
  • Collective work and responsibility
  • Obligation to the past, present and future
  • We have a role to play in the community, society and world!
4 ujimaa oo jee mah
4. Ujimaa-(oo-jee-mah)

Cooperative Economics

4 ujimaa
4. Ujimaa
  • Cooperative economics
  • Emphasizes our collective economic strength
  • Encourage us to meet common needs through mutual support
5 nia
5. Nia
  • Purpose
  • Encourages us to look within ourselves
  • To set goals that are beneficial to the community
6 kuumba
6. Kuumba
  • Creativity
  • To build and maintain
  • A strong and vibrant community
7 imani
7. Imani
  • Faith
  • Honoring the best of our traditions
  • Draws upon the best in ourselves
  • Helps us strive for a higher level of life
  • For humankind, by affirming our
  • Self worth
  • And confidence in our ability to succeed
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Ankh
  • Symbolic representation of physical and eternal life
  • Power to give and sustain life
  • Associated with water-regenerate life
  • 1st created by Africans in Ancient Egypt
courage is not the absence of fear but the strength to do what is right in the face of it
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the strength to do what is right in the face of it.”
karumua kwanzaa celebration brings us closer to our african roots celebrated december 26 january 1
Karumua “Kwanzaa Celebration” “brings us closer to our African roots”Celebrated December 26-January 1
kwanzaa karumua
Kuchunguza Tena

Na Kutoa Ahadi

Tena

(reassesment

and

recommitment)

Kushangilla

(rejoicing)

Kwanzaa Karumua
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Kwanzaa Karumua
  • Kutoa Majina
  • Calling names of family Ancestors and Black Heroes
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Libation Statement:“For the Motherland cradle of civilizationFor the Ancestors and their indomitable spiritFor the Elders from whom we can learn much.For the Youth who represent the promise for tomorrow.For the People the original people.For the Struggle and in remembrance of those who have struggled on our behalf.For Umoja the principle of Unity which should guide us in all that we do.For the Creator who provide all things Great and Small.”

feast
Feast
  • Kikombe Cha Umoja (Unity Cup)
  • Filled with water (the essence of life)

is passed around

  • In the direction of the 4 winds
  • N, S, E, W
feast1
Feast
  • Ngoma
  • Drums are played
feast2
Feast
  • Kuumba Creativity
  • Hand crafted gifts are given
kwanzaa colors are displayed
Kwanzaa Colors are displayed…
  • Green
  • Black
  • Red
  • Represent the heritage of African-American people
kinara candle holder
Kinara- Candle holder
  • Similar to a Menorah in the Jewish faith for Chanukah
  • Kinara- 7 candles reflect the 7 principles that are the foundation of Kwanzaa
kinara
Kinara
  • Mishumaa saba
  • 7 candles
  • 1 black
  • 3 red
  • 3 green
  • “Gifts that are enriching.”
mkeka
Mkeka
  • Straw placemat
  • Foundation of the center piece
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Corn
  • Symbolize African

concept of

Social parenthood

Vibunzi- each ear of corn for each child in household

mazao
Mazao
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Kwanzaa-”first fruits of the harvest.”
kuumba yams
Kuumba Yams
  • 6-9 medium yams
  • Butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • Spices, nutmeg, cinnamon all spice
  • Fruits, raisins, grated coconut, pineapple
  • Wash yams
  • Rub with oil
  • Place in uncovered shallow baking dish
  • Bake 45 minutes or until tender
  • Cool
  • Add different spices and/or fruits to yams
black eye pea salad
Black-eye Pea Salad
  • Black-eyes peas symbolize Good Luck!
  • 3 15oz. Cans black-eye peas
  • 2 cups cooked cubed ham
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 large green/red pepper
  • 1 med onion
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper
  • Stir, refrigerate and eat.
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“To do always as much as we canin the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial then we inherited it.”