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World From Umoja to Imani, Kwanzaa has 'won the hearts and minds of African people around the world'

12:30  26 december  2019
12:30  26 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people , our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the For people who celebrate both holidays, Kwanzaa is an opportunity to incorporate elements of their particular He has always claimed it is celebrated all over the world .[1] Lee D. Baker puts the

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Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration of African and African American culture that begins Thursday and ends Jan. 1, was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga.

Karenga designed the holiday as a way to reaffirm African Americans' roots in African culture, to have a regular time for black people to bond, and to introduce the nguzo saba which is Swahili for seven values, according to Chimbuko Tembo, associate director of the African American Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where Karenga serves as executive director.

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From Umoja to Imani , may all the blessings of Kwanzaa be yours. So many people benefit from your love and wisdom. Though Kwanzaa is rooted in African culture, people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are

Kwanzaa is a week-long annual celebration of African heritage that takes place from December 26 to January 1. Learn about the 7 principles here. Imani (Faith): the belief in God, family, heritage, leaders and others that will leave to the victory of Africans around the world .

The holiday is based on African agricultural celebrations of the first harvest, and Tembo said Swahili was chosen as the language for its terminology because it's "non ethnic" and the most widely-spoken African language.

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As Karenga put it in a 2013 interview with the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle, “The celebration of Kwanzaa is about embracing ethical principles and values, so the goodness of the world can be shared and enjoyed by us and everyone.”

A different value is celebrated on each of seven nights, marked by lighting candles on a holder called a kinara – three red candles, three green and a black candle at the center.

The seven values of Kwanzaa:

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Kwanzaa is a week-long (Dec 26-Jan 1) African American/Pan- African celebration of family, life Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people , our parents, our teachers, our leaders Rather, it is to get in touch with the rich culture of African in the Diaspora and Africans in America. does this wasteful spending improve the condition of Black people in this country or around the world ?

They share values and beliefs around African -American heritage. Kwanzaa doesn't discriminate. Clearly it's a holiday created for African -Americans. But just like people other than Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, other races and ethnic groups are welcome to participate in the Kwanzaa rituals.

  • Umoja, or Unity: The first principle of Kwanzaa is unity, especially as it relates to family, community, nation and race.
  • Kujichagulia, or Self-Determination: This principle encourages participants to define and speak for themselves.
  • Ujima, or Collective Work and Responsibility: Participants should build and maintain community together and help solve each others' problems.
  • Ujamaa, Cooperative Economics: Karenga describes cooperative economics as the sum of three concepts: 1) Shared wealth and work; 2) Economic self-reliance and; 3) Obligation of generosity.
  • Nia, or Purpose: This principle is defined as building and developing community.
  • Kuumba, or Creativity: To leave the community more beautiful than before.
  • Imani, or Faith: Finally, for Kwanzaa’s last night, participants reflect on faith in people, family and leaders.

During Kwanzaa, children are often given books and heritage symbols as gifts in exchange for making and keeping commitments and to stress the importance of knowledge, Tembo said. Families often attend both private and communal celebrations where they reflect on each day's values.

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Michael W Twitty: Kwanzaa is not African American Christmas, nor a black response to Hanukah. Kwanzaa is organized around seven days of reflection and action based on the Nguzo Saba (the We can celebrate unity by standing with people all across the world united in support of the idea that

Kwanzaa is an African -American holiday celebrated mainly in the US for the week between 26th December umoja - to maintain unity in the family and community. kujichagulia - self-determination, to be responsible and nia - purpose, to build and develop the community for the benefit of the people .

"One part of it is celebrating, the other part of it is actually doing the practice," she said.

The holiday began as a small celebration among members of an organization called Us, created by Karenga during the black power movement of the 1960s. As the holiday gained popularity, Karenga was arrested and jailed in 1971on charges of assault and false imprisonment, and a jury found him guilty after two women testified that they were tortured by Karenga and his followers.

Karenga was released in 1975 and has always maintained his innocence.

Although some have questioned whether the holiday is still relevant, Tembo said Kwanzaa is celebrated "on every continent in the world, throughout the world by millions and millions of African people." About 2.6% of those who plan to celebrate winter holidays said they would celebrate Kwanzaa, according to survey by the National Retail Federation this year.

"Kwanzaa, just like black people, refuses to be diverted or be dispirited, and the nguzo saba really has won the hearts and minds of African people around the world," she said.

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Hearts and Minds (Vietnam) or winning hearts and minds refers to the strategy and programs used by the governments of Vietnam and the United States during the Vietnam War to win the popular support of the Vietnamese people and to help defeat the Viet Cong insurgency.

Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrated by Pan- Africans across the Diaspora and in growning nations on the How the Thanksgiving genocide led to the death of 100 million Indigenous people around the world . Cultural ‘rebels’ have been used as weapons to control the hearts and minds of Black folks.

Kamora Shambley lite the first of seven candles during a celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center Wednesday December 26, 2018 in St. Paul, MN.© Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Images Kamora Shambley lite the first of seven candles during a celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center Wednesday December 26, 2018 in St. Paul, MN. Marcus Klein, who operates five African-centered schools in Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta, doesn't celebrate Christmas and first started recognizing Kwanzaa in the 1990s. Each year, his students work on assignments related to all seven principles.

At home, Klein, 50, said he lights candles on his kinara with his wife and 15-year-old son and, as a family, they attend community celebrations in Chicago to reflect on the past year.

Charese Jordan Moore, 61, didn't grow up celebrating Kwanzaa but started when she and her friends began having children. Now, her kids are old enough to host the family's Kwanzaa celebrations.

Moore hopes to organize a Kwanzaa celebration at her church in Baltimore, too. While she loves celebrating Christmas, she appreciates that Kwanzaa focuses more on culture and family than gifts and parties.

"It makes a positive passing on of culture and values to children that sticks," Moore said. "Just as Christian values go acknowledged and celebrated all year, the values of Kwanzaa, too, should carry beyond a week at the end of the year."

Contributing: Steve Strauss, USA TODAY.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: From Umoja to Imani, Kwanzaa has 'won the hearts and minds of African people around the world'

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