According to the Official Kwanzaa Website, the anniversary of “the pan African holiday, Kwanzaa, of necessity brings added focus and emphasis on its customary call for remembrance, reflection and recommitment.”
“We remember our history and the legacies left, and the people who made and left them for us and the world,” the website stated.
Dr. Maulana Karenga founded the holiday in 1966, basing the celebration on “Kwanzaa,” or “Nguzo Saba,” which are the Swahili-based seven principles of African American heritage, including umoja (unity); kujichagulia (self-determination); ujima (collective work and responsibility); ujamaa (cooperative economics); nia (purpose); kuumba (creativity); and Imani (Faith).
The Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University recently held an event in celebration of the holiday.
Visit http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml for additional information regarding the holiday.