Friday, January 27, 2006


I have a cool Bible that was originally designed for children of colour. I bought it because the pictures in it are vibrant and lovely, and I needed the translation that it was in (New King James). Inside it there is a page on KWANZAA and I always wondered about it as I thought the seven principles were very inspirational. Kind of forgot about them until I noticed KWANZAA mentioned on the Mimico website. It is a cultural (not religious) holiday celebrated between the 26th Dec and the 1st Jan and I really find it inspiring. Check out the website: officialkwanzaawebsite(dot)org
For those who don't know... these are the nguzo saba or seven principles of KWANZAA:
NGUZO SABA (The Seven Principles)

Umoja (Unity)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Nia (Purpose)
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Kuumba (Creativity)
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Imani (Faith)
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

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