As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.

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The holiday, is an ancient and living cultural tradition which reflects the best of African thought and practice in its reaffirmation of the dignity of the human person in community and culture, the well-being of family and community, the integrity of the environment and our kinship with it, and the rich resource and meaning of a people's culture. Learn More

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

Check out each principle below!

December 26, 2018

Unity IconUmoja
To Strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

December 27, 2018

Self-Determination IconKujichagulia
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

December 28, 2018

Collective Work and Responsibility IconUjima
“Collective Work and Responsibility”
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems to solve them together.

December 29, 2018

Cooperative Economics IconUjamaa
“Cooperative Economics”
To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

December 30, 2018

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

December 31, 2018

Creativity IconKuumba
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.

January 1, 2019

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