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Today (December 29) is the fourth 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 fourth principal of Kwanzaa:  Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)

This symbolizes commitment to the practice of shared social wealth and the work necessary to achieve it. Ujamaa also stresses self-reliance in building strengthening and controlling of the economics of our own community.  When businesses in our communities are doing well our economy thrives.  In other words the longer the dollars circulate in our communities the more families we help.

Practice UJAMAA every day!