Celebrating Kwanzaa and Honoring Ancestors

This is a time for learning and teaching. American states are revising school text and teaching revisionist history. This movement must be dismantled!

Empowerment and walking freely throughout the world comes with knowing and understanding who you are and from whence you came. This means having the knowledge and tools to refute the miseducation, mythology, and stereotypes enforced as truth.

Embrace and never be ashamed to celebrate the lives of our enslaved African ancestors and all ancestor! Honor and celebrate with thanksgiving their blood and sacrifices so that we might live. Remember their enslavement, the building of America with their hands, auction blocks ,chains, whips, branding irons on human flesh, rapes, beatings, lynchings, castrations, the ongoing global theft of Africa’s land and resources, the theft of Black history/herstory & culture and Jim Crow. Never divorce yourself from their blood, soul, being and spirit! Never forget your Ancestral Mother Africa, the creator of civilization! Honor and celebrate warrior fathers and mothers who rebelled and fought bravely against all systems of enslavement oppression globally! Honor and celebrate those who would rather commit suicide by jumping into shark infested waters rather than be enslaved. Mothers who committed the ultimate act of love by smothering babies rather to have them enslaved. Honor and celebrate your beauty! The beauty America attempts to separate you from, yet greedily embraces herself! A rich beauty and history/herstory whose power America knows, understands and is determined to crush!

Q: Historical Fact: Who are the original deadbeat dads?
A: The original deadbeat dads were White male enslavers. Males who raped African women, fathered thousands of children, snatched them away from their mother’s breast and sold them into slavery.

©Lorraine Currelley 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Listed The Seven Kwanzaa Principles, the link to the official Kwanzaa website and links focusing on African & global Black diaspora culture.

The Seven Principles
Kwanzaa is an African-American and Pan-African cultural holiday that is centered around seven principles (called Nguzo Saba in Swahili). They are:

Umoja (Unity)
Umoja (OO-MO-JAH) Unity stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, “I am We,” or “I am because We are.”

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
Kujichagulia (KOO-GEE-CHA-GOO-LEE-YAH) Self-Determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
Ujima (OO-GEE-MAH) Collective Work and Responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world. Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
Ujamaa (OO-JAH-MAH) Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.

Nia (Purpose)
Nia (NEE-YAH) Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.

Kuumba (Creativity)
Kuumba (KOO-OOM-BAH) Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.

Imani (Faith)
Imani (EE-MAH-NEE) Faith focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle.

Links for further study:


Sankore University, please click on the following link.


Please click on the official website link to learn about Kwanzaa.


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