The last holiday season was filled with anticipation due to the election of the first African-American president.
This one has the first African-American president at odds with the Congressional Black Caucus over measures to improve economic conditions in black communities.
As 2009 ends and 2010 begins, we need to understand, embrace and implement Kwanzaa more than ever.
The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan. 1)
UMOJA (00-MOE-JAH) UNITY
KUJICHAGULIA (CO-GEE-CHA-GOO-LEE-AH) SELF-DETERMINATION
UJIMA (00-GEE-MA) COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY
UJAMAA (00-JAH-MAH) COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS
NIA (NEE-AH) PURPOSE
KUUMBA (KOO-M-BAH) CREATIVITY
IMANI (E-MAH-NE) FAITH
Maulana Karenga, Ph.D.
7 September 1965
Each of those factors played a role in the making of history last year. We must translate that into the belief that those timeless qualities can make a difference for individuals and communities.
Our practice of those values is rusty. One way to shake off that rust is to read a book about each of those attributes each day of Kwanzaa. Should you be in the San Francisco Bay Area, or near a phone, a good place to start is the oldest black bookstore in the country, Marcus Books, in San Francisco and Oakland.