KWANZAA. Created by: Mrs. Waterman-O’Connell. BACKGROUND. Kwanzaa is an African American holiday that begins on December 26 th and ends January 1 st . The word Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili language and means “first fruits of the harvest”. It was started in 1966 by Dr.Maulana Karengz.
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Created by: Mrs. Waterman-O’Connell
The seven principles of Kwanzaa that celebrate the positive aspects of the African way of life.
Means “UNITY” –working together with family, community, nation, and race.
- It means “SELF-DETERMINATION”- defining ourselves, renaming ourselves, speaking for ourselves, and planning for ourselves.
It means “COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY” – building communities, sharing and solving our problems.
It means “COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS”- building and maintaining our own stores and other businesses, and profiting from them together.
It means “CREATIVITY” – using our minds and hands to make our communities more beautiful than they were when we inherited them.
-It means “FAITH” – believing with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our elders, and our teachers and victory of our struggle for equality.