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Happy New Year!  Today (January 1) is the seventh and final day of the 51st annual celebration of Kwanzaa.  From the official Kwanzaa website, this seven-day celebration was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of African Studies.  During the holiday families, along with their communities’ plan activities around the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principals)

  • Umoja – Unity
  • Kujichagulia – Self Determination
  • Ujima – Collective Work and Responsibility
  • Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics
  • Nia – Purpose
  • Kuumba – Creativity
  • Imani – Faith

Here is the seventh principle of Kwanzaa:  IMANI (FAITH)

Today we light the green candle for the seventh principle of Kwanzaa for Imani which symbolizes “faith”.  It is essentially a profound belief in and commitment to all that is of value to us as a family, community, people and culture.  That means honoring our best traditions as a family and community.  We look within and above to strive for a higher level of spirituality and a better life for ourselves and for those around us.  Imani reaffirms our self-worth and the confidence that we can triumph over struggle.

Practice IMANI every day!