The Seven Kwanzaa Principles

The Seven Main Beliefs of Kwanzaa

According to its creator, Dr. Karenga, the Kwanzaa Principles were crafted to support African cultural values and traditions. The foundations of the system are familial ties, cultural tradition and community values for all African American without any religious discrimination. The collective thought is called Nguzo Saba, and these form the cornerstones wherein many teachings are founded on and the strong bonds of the belief rest on.

The appropriate citations for the Seven Kwanzaa Principles are found on The site details the principles as set forth by Dr. Maulana Karenga in this fashion:

    * Unity or Umoja is the pursuit of unity and forging its maintenance in the units of society, which are family, community, nationality and race.

    * Self-Determination or Kujichagulia is the finding of personal identity, by name and the creation of a language and personality reflective of the heritage that one has.

    * Collective Work and Duty or Ujima aims to create and forge community togetherness and make the other people in our community our own and as a group collectively fin solutions to them.

    * Economics of Cooperation or Ujamaa is the virtue of self sustenance by having ownership of business functions and outlets and as a community earn from their operations.

    * Purpose or Nia hopes to instill the collective thought of nation building through community work to help one another return to prominence and pre eminence.

    * Creativity or Kuumba is selflessness or the continuous action in any manner and with all efforts to create a better community than what was given to us.

    * Faith or Imani instills the belief that the African people, and all the other individuals that form part of the community from leaders to servants would rise up victorious against all the struggles.

The Seven Kwanzaa Principles Blend English and Swahili

The Seven Principles incorporates both English and Swahili aspects.

This is collectively known as the Kawaida, which refers to any set of beliefs that is adhered to. Inspired by the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Dr. Karenga took it upon himself to provide the means to re-establish ties with the rich experience and traditions of the African heritage in America.

Coincident with the establishment of Kwanzaa is the formation of the USO or the United Slaves Organization, or more colloquially known as Organization Us. Originally, there were seven children in the group, and each had to be represented in Kwanzaa, and the last letter was included as the institutionalization of their individual wishes.

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