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IMANI

Habari Gani? Imani! Today, on the seventh and final day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate Imani (Faith) which is to believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, & the righteousness & victory of our struggle.  Today’s reflection on Imani comes from our Healing Coordinator, Xan. Join Xan in an affirmation or prayer … Continue reading IMANI

KUUMBA

Habari Gani? Kuumba! Today, on the sixth day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate Kuumba (Creativity) which is to do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful & beneficial than we inherited it.  This sixth day is one of the most lively and festive of the holiday. Falling … Continue reading KUUMBA

NIA

Habari Gani? Nia! Today, on the fifth day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate Nia (Purpose) which is to make our collective vocation the building & developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. Today’s reflection and activity comes from our Operations Coordinator, Aila.  Nia is all about purpose. And in this activity, you … Continue reading NIA

UJAMAA

Habari Gani? Ujamaa! Today, on the fourth day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) which is to build & maintain our own stores, shops, & other businesses & to profit from them together.  Ujamaa reminds us that when we support and buy Black, we all win! Support can look like shopping, donating, volunteering, sharing or … Continue reading UJAMAA

UJIMA

Habari Gani? Ujima! Today, on the third day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility) which is to build & maintain our community together & make our brothers’ & sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.  Today’s reflection and call to action comes from our Organizing Coordinator, jay.  during the first shelter-in-place order, other people were … Continue reading UJIMA

KUJICHAGULIA

Habari Gani? Kujichagulia! Today, on the second day of Kwanzaa we celebrate Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) which is to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, & speak for ourselves. At Parenting for Liberation, Kujichagulia is central to our mission of centering and amplifying the voices and experiences of Black parents and families. By creating a space that … Continue reading KUJICHAGULIA

UMOJA

Habari Gani? UMOJA!  Today, on the first day of Kwanzaa we celebrate Umoja or Unity which is about striving for and maintaining unity in the family, the community, the nation, and people. Today’s reflection comes from Executive Director, Trina Greene Brown.  For Trina, music is healing and connects her to her roots, her ancestors, and her power. … Continue reading UMOJA

First Fruits: Getting Ready for Kwanzaa

Let’s Get Ready for Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa is a 7-day African-American & Pan-African holiday that celebrates family, community and culture. Since 1966, Kwanzaa is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Derived from the phrase “matuna ya kwanza” meaning “first fruits” in Swahili, Kwanzaa incorporates 7 principles, called “Nguzo Saba”, and 7 symbols that represent values … Continue reading First Fruits: Getting Ready for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa Celebration 2021

Habari Gani?! It’s almost time for Kwanzaa!   The holiday season is here, and we are so excited to bring our annual Pre-Kwanzaa celebration back to in-person this year! Our Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration allows us to come together in community to honor and celebrate the African American cultural holiday which spans Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.  We’ll … Continue reading Kwanzaa Celebration 2021