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What is Kwanzaa? Day Five: Celebrating Nia
Happy Nia! When I hear the word Nia, I think of celebrated actress Nia Long. I think it is simply a beautifully name, but I wonder how many have stopped to consider its meaning. On the fifth day, Kwanzaa focuses on the principle of Nia, or purpose. The focus is…
By:  in  Reference and Education   Dec 31, 2011  
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What is Kwanzaa? Day Three: Celebrating Ujima
Happy Ujima! Day three of Kwanzaa focuses on collective work and responsibility. It involves taking a vested interest in the well-being of our families and communities. It requires that we work together in ways that benefit everyone. With this concept, the problems of our brothers and sisters must be our…
By:  in  Reference and Education   Dec 28, 2011  
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What is Kwanzaa? Day Four: Celebrating Ujamaa
Happy Ujamaa! The focus for the fourth day of Kwanzaa should be about developing the concept of maintaining our own stores, shops, and businesses and profiting from them as a whole. I do feel that the concepts of Kwanzaa do certainly build upon one another. For example, I certainly don’t…
By:  in  Reference and Education   Dec 28, 2011  
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What is Kwanzaa? Day Two: Celebrating Kujichagulia
Happy Kujichagulia! Day two of Kwanzaa focuses on the concept of African Americans defining ourselves, naming ourselves, creating for ourselves, and speaking for ourselves. As promised, I want to focus on the concept of naming ourselves. The naming process of those who we now know as African Americans has been…
By:  in  Reference and Education   Dec 27, 2011  
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What is Kwanzaa? Day One: Celebrating Umoja
Happy Umoja! Sadly, celebrations of Kwanzaa are most definitely on the decline. What is Kwanzaa? I wanted to take an opportunity to try and bring Kwanzaa back to awareness in the minds of “African Americans”, (btw, I greatly preferred the term “Afro-Americans”, but I will try very hard to reserve…
By:  in  Reference and Education   Dec 27, 2011  
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