Kwanzaa: Day 1 Umoja (Unity)
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held & recognized throughout parts of the U.S., Africa as well as in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa is based on seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga , and was first celebrated in 1966–67. Today begins the teaching of the first principle Umoja (Swahili for Unity).
Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
It is important to remain united, centrally focused on the overall goals for success be it providing for your family, community or on a larger scale for your nation or race. Ones contributions can be small and have a large impact like properly educating your children, or raising them in a respectful manner. Being United is also standing for and with your brothers and sisters (blood or otherwise) in times of need. Not only then to we show support but consistently through our actions do we show support and remain united with the primary goal being to uplift each other, our families, communities, nations and races. So as you begin to evaluate yourself and the year that was 2014, ask yourself if you have operated with Umoja, and if not why not? More importantly think of ways to begin to operate in Umoja! Harambee!