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Happy Kwanzaa – Umoja – Unity

Umoja - Kwanzaa - Day 1 Dec 26


Kwanzaa 2015 / IMANI – Faith

Imani - Kwanzaa - Day 7 Jan 1


Kwanzaa 2015 / KUUMBA – Creativity

Kuumba - Kwanzaa - Day 6 Dec 31


Kwanzaa 2015 / NIA – Purpose

Nia - Kwanzaa - Day 5 Dec 30


Kwanzaa 2015 / UJAMAA – Cooperative Economics

Ujamaa - Kwanzaa - Day 4 Dec 29


Kwanzaa 2015 / UJIMA – Collective Work & Responsibility

Ujima - Kwanzaa - Day 3 Dec 28


Kwanzaa 2015 / KUJICHAGULIA – Self-Determination

Kujichagulia - Kwanzaa - Day 2 Dec 27


Kwanzaa 2015 / UMOJA – Unity

Umoja - Kwanzaa - Day 1 Dec 26


Kwanzaa: Understanding the History and Context of a Community Celebration

On this first day of our 2015 Kwanzaa observation and celebration, we once again share the following interview and discussion with Dr. Greg Carr, Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Howard University in Washington, DC.  This discussion took place for the Sankofa Community Affairs show, hosted by Brother Salim Adofo, with the National Black United Front (NBUF).

In this discussion, Dr. Carr highlights both the African historical context that produced Kwanzaa, as well as the cultural significance of this holiday and celebration within the larger African (-American) community.

Approximately 30 min., Sankofa Community Affairs with @SalimAdofo - Kwanzaa Episode with @AfricanaCarr


Dr. John Henrik Clarke – Celebrating and Remembering 100 Years

Remembering 100 Years...

Dr. John Henrik Clarke
"Professor Clarke"

January 1, 1915 - July 16, 1998

John Henrik Clarke

Dr. John Henrik Clarke, a scholar and advocate for African people, and one of the world's great historians, was born on January 1st, 1915.  I've shared several posts in past years, highlighting some of Dr. Clarke's speeches and writings, as well as a lecture about Professor Clarke's remarkable life and influence by Dr. Greg Carr at Howard University.  Born 100 years ago today, Dr. Clarke transitioned into the community of Ancestors, on July 16, 1998.

Dr. Clarke's lessons on African world history are just as timely today, as many in the world continue to deny the African origins and influence on world civilization, and also deny the European role in undermining, exploiting and destroying many of the early African civilizations and subsequent efforts at African economic and cultural development.

These experiences notwithstanding, African people throughout the world continue to uncover and recover our knowledge of these civilizations, and continue to draw upon the wisdom and power that comes from this reclamation process.

For all who are interested, please be sure and visit all of the previous and related posts, which includes a short list of readings by and about Dr. Clarke.

Also visit Twitter for additional readings and other resources.

On this seventh and final day of Kwanzaa (#Imani), let Professor Clarke's example and his lessons to us reaffirm our faith in our ability to heal and rebuild our communities, and to regain our place and standing in the world.