There are seven principals associated with Kwanzaa. These seven principals are called Nguzo Saba. I have celebrated Kwanzaa for many years, maybe not the ritual but with thought and meditation over the principals and ideas of Kwanzaa. This year after the Kwanzaa celebration had ended, and I reviewed the principals individually, it became so clear that these principals should be lived daily. Anyone who chooses to follow these principals daily with conscious thought, will leave a beautiful legacy of love for the planet.
The Seven Principals are listed below:
1. Umoja (Unity)-To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
2. Kujichagulia (self-determination)- To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
3. Ujima (collective work and responsibility)-To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems and solve them together.
4. Ujamaa- (Cooperative Economics)- To build and maintain our own stores,shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
5. Nia (Purpose)-To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
6. Kuumba (Creativity)- To do always as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
7. Imani (Faith)- To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
The principals promote care of self, our families, our communities, and our nation. Thoughtfully, it is the order of how we should care for self, our families, and our world. We should not sit idly by when injustice occurs. We have to use our voice, in any way possible. It encourages economic cooperation, and that we should be good Stewart’s of our finances. Supporting each other, mentally, physically, and economically. It is a powerful mission statement for an individual, a community, a nation, and a race. Often we have Holidays, and we go through the motions and the rituals without thought. I want to encourage us to meditate on the words, and adopt the concepts into your daily life.