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Kwanzaa: A Celebration of African American Family, Community and Culture
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The Values of Kwanzaa

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HERE IS NO WAY TO UNDERSTAND and appreciate the meaning and message of Kwanzaa without understanding and appreciating its profound and pervasive concern with values. In fact. Kwanzaa's reason for existence, its length of seven days, its core focus and its foundation are all rooted in its concern with values. Kwanzaa inherits this value concern and focus from Kawaida, the African philosophical framework in which it was created. Kawaida philosophy is a communitarian African philosophy which is an ongoing synthesis of the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.

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The Nguzo Saba  
(The Seven Principles)
Dr. Maulana Karenga

Nguzo Saba symbol for the seven principles of Kwanzaa Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community. These values are called the Nguzo Saba which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. Developed by Dr. Karenga, the Nguzo Saba stand at the heart of the origin and meaning of Kwanzaa, for it is these values which are not only the building blocks for community but also serve to reinforce and enhance them.

 

Click Here for The Nguzo Saba symbols and principles,
first in Swahili and then in English:


*Summarized from -- Maulana Karenga
Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture
2008, Los Angeles: University of Sankore Press
(www.sankorepress.com)