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The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

The foundation of Kwanzaa are the Seven Principles, or Nguzo Saba. When Dr. Karenga created the celebration of Kwanzaa he wanted to reflect the best qualities and characteristics of the "first fruit" or harvest festivals that were celebrated throughout Africa. It was these qualities that established the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. (Nguzo Saba is Kiswahili for Seven Principles).

The Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa are:

  • Umoja (oo-MOH-jah): Unity

    Success starts with Unity. Unity of family, community, nation and race.

  • Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah): Self-Determination

    To be responsible for ourselves. To create your own destiny.

  • Ujima (oo-JEE-mah): Collective work and responsibility

    To build and maintain your community together. To work together to help one another within your community.

  • Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH): Collective economics

    To build, maintain, and support our own stores, establishments, and businesses.

  • Nia (NEE-ah): Purpose

    To restore African American people to their traditional greatness. To be responsible to Those Who Came Before (our ancestors) and to Those Who Will Follow (our descendants).

  • Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah): Creativity

    Using creativity and imagination to make your communities better than what you inherited.

  • Imani (ee-MAH-nee): Faith

Believing in our people, our families, our educators, our leaders, and the righteousness of the African American struggle.

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The Kwanzaa Kinara
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Kwanzaa Coloring Pictures
The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

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??? from Nevada, US
15:13 11/30/2011
12:20 11/29/2011
this rocks
noah widwmery from Mississippi, US
08:04 11/22/2011
i learn the seven pricipals...
Justin Calhoun from Alabama, US
22:04 11/06/2011
I learn the seven principles
16:13 10/05/2011
thers a song to this and we sing it at carver
Nia Garrett from Alabama, US
17:21 03/14/2011
I did not know that my birth name meant pupose i learned something new today.
Jared from California, US
14:21 01/05/2011
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jenny from California, US
19:57 01/03/2011
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chjkio from Massachusetts, US
20:50 01/02/2011
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crystal from Illinois, US
23:43 01/01/2011
nice work but WEIRD names

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