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  • Official U.S. Postal Service Kwanzaa 2001 stamp
    Kwanzaa and fragmented perceptions of evolving African Culture
    Within the span of a few short decades, Kwanzaa has grown from little-known observance among a handful of black nationalists in Los Angeles during the 60s into being recognized as a mainstream international holiday. Although Kwanzaa’s...
  • Kwanzaa 2014, Day 7, Imani means faith; find the common ground
    Kwanzaa 2014, Day 7, Imani means faith; find the common ground
    Call: Habari Gani?! (What's going on?)Response:Imani! [ee-mah-nee]Seemy previous article about Kwanzaafor an explanation of the call and response.Today is the seventh and last day of the Kwanzaa celebration, and it is focused on faith.In our...
  • Kwanzaa 2014, Day 6, Kuumba means creativity or turn off that television!
    Kwanzaa 2014, Day 6, Kuumba means creativity or turn off that television!
    Call: Habari Gani?! (What's going on?)Response:Kuumba! [koo-oom-bah]Seemy previous article about Kwanzaafor an explanation of the call and response.Today is the sixth day of the Kwanzaa celebration, and it is focused on creativity.In our...
  • Kwanzaa 2014, Day 5, Nia means purpose; raising all our children is essential
    Kwanzaa 2014, Day 5, Nia means purpose; raising all our children is essential
    Call: Habari Gani?! (What's going on?)Response: Nia! [nee-yuh]Seemy previous article about Kwanzaafor an explanation of the call and response.Today is the fifth day of the Kwanzaa celebration, and it is focused on purpose.In our kinaras, we...
  • Kwanzaa 2014, Day 4, Ujamaa means cooperative economics or death to the hook up
    Kwanzaa 2014, Day 4, Ujamaa means cooperative economics or death to the hook up
    Call: Habari Gani?! (What's going on?)Response: Ujamaa![oo-jah-muh]Seemy previous article about Kwanzaafor an explanation of the call and response.Today is the fourth day of the Kwanzaa celebration, and it is focused on cooperative economics...
  • Kwanzaa 2014, Day 3, Ujima means collective work and responsibility
    Kwanzaa 2014, Day 3, Ujima means collective work and responsibility
    Call: Habari Gani?! (What's going on?)Response: Ujima! [oo-jee-muh]Seemy previous article about Kwanzaafor an explanation of the call and response.Today is the third day of the Kwanzaa celebration, and it is focused on collective work and...
  • Kwanzaa 2014, Day 2, Kujichagulia means self-determination
    Kwanzaa 2014, Day 2, Kujichagulia means self-determination
    Call: Habari Gani?! (What's going on?)Response: Kujichagulia! [koo-jee-chah-goo-lee-yuh]Seemy previous article about Kwanzaafor an explanation of the call and response.Today is the second day of the Kwanzaa celebration, and it is focused on...
  • Kwanzaa 2014, a celebration of First Fruits, Day 1, Umoja means unity
    Kwanzaa 2014, a celebration of First Fruits, Day 1, Umoja means unity
    Kwanzaa, which begins on 26 December and ends on 01 January, is acultural celebration, not a religious observance, but there is no denying that Kwanzaa has a very spiritual aura that surrounds it.Created byMaulana Karengaas an African-American and...
  • Happy Kwanzza Afghan
    Crochet a happy kwanzaa afghan in the tapestry stitch
    This afghan proudly displays the kinara candelabra and the seven candles called the mishumaa saba of Kwanzaa in tapestry crochet, using the traditional colors of the holiday.Size: 100 inches by 90 inchesMaterials: Red Heart Super Saver yarn ( 4...
  • FCts about kwanzaa
    Facts about Kwanzaa
    As many U.S. citizens say goodbye to relatives the day after Christmas, a few kick off the week long celebration (from December 26 to January 1) of Kwanzaa. 2014 marks the 48th annual commemoration of this holiday. According to Factmonster.com, an...
  • kWANZAA KINARA CROSS STITCH
    Kwanzaa symbol ornament in cross stitch
    Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga, a professor of Africana studies, created Kwanzaa in 1965 as the first specifically African-American holiday. Kwanzaa, means first fruits of the harvest, a phrase derived from the Swahili, matunda ya kwanzaHere is a...
  • December holiday reflection
    December holiday reflection
    It doesn’t matter if you are Jewish, Christian, celebrate Kwanzaa, or someone without belief. This time of year is about awareness, awakening and celebrating culture and personhood. It’s a time to embrace something bigger and better...
  • Holiday Traditions Change Up
    Holiday Traditions Change Up
    As Christmas approaching, you and your family may be busy with your holiday traditions, whether they be hanging up Christmas stockings or going to a church service. As your grown children come by to visit, they may bring with them some different...
  • Why twelve days of Christmas?
    Why twelve days of Christmas?
    Is it all about more gifts?That's what the song has us believing - and if we are to believe the song, the poor recipient of a "true love's" bounty would need to own a large plot of land and a pavilion as well. And - is this gift...
  • Photo for Christmas Eve and Hanukkah collide for 5th time in 109 years
    Christmas Eve and Hanukkah collide for 5th time in 109 years
    Click here to enjoy my Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year eCard and "Have a Merry Christmas, Hanukkah and a very Happy New Year America!"Twelve more days until Christmas: Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah America and New Year too...