seven principles of kwanzaa

1. unity

UNITY is  U-mo-ja - (oo-MO-jah) 
the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, "I am We," or "I am because We are."

Celebrating Family 

Community 

& Culture

7. faith

IMANI - (EE-MAH-NEE)
FAITH FOCUSES ON HONORING THE BEST OF OUR TRADITIONS, draw UPON THE BEST IN OURSELVES and STRIVE FOR A HIGHER LEVEL OF LIFE FOR HUMANKIND,

6. creativity

Kuumba - (koo-OOM-bah)
always do as much as possible to leave our community more beautiful than we found it.

A Few Words To Remember:


Nguzo Saba  -   N-GU-zo SAH-bah refers to the seven principles.


Karamu - Big celebration on day 6 of Kwanzaa called Imani (EE-MAH-NEE)


Habari-Gani - "What's in the news? You would Habari-Gani as a greeting to someone during Dec 26th  to Jan 1st, and they would reply with one of the seven principles pertaining to that particular day.


Harambee!" (hah-RAHM-beh) is a call of unity cried out at the end of each nightly celebration, meaning "Let's pull together!"

3. collective work & responsibility

Ujima - (oo-GEE-mah)
Collective Work and Responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world.

5. purpose

​Nia-  (NEE-AH)
to make dedicated collective effort to build and develop our communities.  recognize and restore our peoples traditional greatness.

KWANZAA BEGAN IN 1966.....Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba) a unique celebration created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga.

 
Dr. Karenga is Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He is the Chair

of Organization Us and The National Association of  Kawaida Organizations (NAKO)


Photo courtesy of Terri Joelle

left- wife of Dr. Karenge, middle-Dr. Karenge,

right-Terri Joelle


Dr. Karenga is an activist-scholar of national and international recognition, Dr. Karenga has had a far-reaching effect on Black intellectual and political culture since the 1960s.

Dr. Karenga's official website here

She Reviews It

4. cooperative economics

Ujamaa - (oo-JAH-mah)
Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.

2. self determination

​Ku-ji-cha-gu-li-a - (koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-yah)
Self-Determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.