Teachers and students of Magnolia Middle School were entertained and taught the seven principles of Kwanzaa in the first annual Kwanzaa program held at the school. The history of Kwanzaa was presented along with speeches, group dances, and songs.
Kwanzaa, which means “first fruits” in Swahili, is a weeklong interfaith, cultural holiday created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, a professor and chairman of black studies at California State University in Long Beach, Calif. According to the official Kwanzaa website, Karenga created Kwanzaa because he wanted to give black Americans the opportunity to celebrate their own history and culture rather than only celebrating existing mainstream holidays.
The program was held on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Black Americans around the world celebrate Kwanzaa from December 26 to January 1. On each of the seven days of Kwanzaa, a candle is lit and one of its seven principles is meditated on.
The seven principles and their meanings are:
- Umoja — unity.
- Kujichaguila — self-determination.
- Ujima — collective work and responsibility.
- Ujamaa — cooperative economics.
- Nia — purpose.
- Kuumba — creativity.
- Imani — faith.
Special thanks to Mr. Cooper, Ms. Bradshaw, Mrs. Dumas, Ms. Mogusu, student participates, and A.C.T. club members. The program was a great success and a celebration of family, culture, and community.