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.
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
Check out each principle below!
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 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.