Save the Date!
Celebrate Kwanzaa 2012 at Weathervane!
When: New Year's Eve — Monday, Dec. 31, 2012
For: A night to celebrate Kuumba — “Creativity”
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Weathervane Playhouse
1301 Weathervane Lane in Akron
Weathervane Playhouse — in conjunction with The Akron African American Cultural Association and the Akron-Canton Association of Black Social Workers — will host a night to celebrate Kuumba (“Creativity”) on Monday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.
ALL are invited to attend this free event!
Would you like more information about this event? Contact Jennifer Kay Jeter at 330-812-0101 or CLICK HERE to send her an e-mail!
Weathervane's Dec. 31 Kwanzaa event is just one part of the 2012-2013 city-wide Kwanzaa celebration!
CLICK HERE to download a pdf of the complete week-long city-wide celebration calendar!
WHAT IS KWANZAA?
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States (and more recently, Canada) but also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora. 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. It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.
Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba — the seven principles of African Heritage), which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy," consisting of what Karenga called "the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world."
These seven principles comprise Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:
Umoja (Unity) — To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) — To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves stand up.
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) — To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) — To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Nia (Purpose) — To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Kuumba (Creativity) — To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Imani (Faith) — To believe with all our hearts in God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Kwanzaa symbols include a decorative mat on which other symbols are placed, corn and other crops, a candle holder with seven candles, called a kinara, a communal cup for pouring libations, gifts, a poster of the seven principles, and a black, red, and green flag. The symbols were designed to convey the seven principles.
(CLICK HERE for the source of this information about Kwanzaa.)