Video Source:  Now This World

Today (December 30) is the fifth 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 fifth principle of Kwanzaa:  NIA (PURPOSE)

Today we light the green candle for NIA for “purpose” this symbolizes a commitment to the collective vocation of building, developing and defending our national community, it’s culture and history in order to regain our historical initiative and greatness as a people.  Let us to encourage one another to look within to not only set personal goals, but also choose goals that benefit our communities.

Practice NIA every day!