The Kwanzaa principles

January 30, 2013
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A principle is a rule or law that governs conduct in a given situation. The Nguzo Saba are the set of principles/values by which African people are encouraged to follow in order to live their lives.

Day 1: December 26th

UMOJA (UNITY) (oo-MOE-jah)

Definition – To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

Day 2: December 27th


Definition – To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

Day 3: December 28th


Definition – To build and maintain our community together and to make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together.

Day 4: December 29th


Definition – To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit together from them.

Day 5: December 30th:


Definition – To make as our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Day 6: December 31st


Definition – 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 when we inherited it.

Day 7: January 1st

IMANI (FAITH) (ee-MAH-nee)

Definition – To believe with all our hearts in our parents, our teachers, our leaders, our people and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.