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PRINCIPLES OF KWANZAA, PRINCIPLES FOR LIFE
by Vickie M Oliver-Lawson
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Remembering the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

First fruits is what the name Kwanzaa means

It’s celebrated everywhere by kings and queens

Based on seven principles that still exist

If you check out this rhyme, you’ll get the gist

Umoja, a Swahili name for unity

Is the goal we strive for across this country

Kujichagulia means self-determination

We define ourselves, a strong creation.

Ujima or collective work and responsibility

Is how we build and maintain our own community

For if my people have a problem, then so do I

So let's work through it together with our heads held high.

Ujamaa meaning cooperative economics is nothing new

We support and run our own stores and other businesses, too.

Nia is purpose, us developing our potential

As we build our community strong to the nth exponential;

Kuumba is the creative force which lies within our call

As we leave our community much better for all;

As a people, let’s move forward by extending our hand

For Imani is the faith to believe that we can;

These seven principles help to make our nation strong

If you live to these ideals, you can’t go wrong

But you must first determine your own mentality

And believe in yourself as you want you to be

And no matter how far, work hard to reach your goal

As we stand, as a people, heads up, fearless and bold.

 

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