Two days ago I mentioned that day was the first day of Kwanzaa, December 26 to January 1, a 7 day celebration started in 1966. Kwanzaa is for the African American and Pan-African community to celebrate their heritage and reinforce positive community and human values: a celebration of family, community and culture. I find it a very moving, welcoming, uplifting observance from the ones I have attended.
Violet Mist, Digital Â© Diane Clancy
A core part of Kwanzaa is the 7 Principles:
(NGUZO SABA (The Seven Principles) taken from the site of Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of Kwanzaa, link above)
- Umoja (Unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- 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.
~ Diane Clancy
p.s. Shall I continue with marketing tomorrow?
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How about a post that applies these principles to marketing?
That sounds wonderful, is it possible Diane?
Those sound like seven sound principles and ones we should all live by. Maybe those are the seven principles of marketing successfully.
hi diane i don’t know if u write about marketing so cause now, im your fans so plz continue writing it.
Very interesting to hear about this festival as we don’t have it in England, at least not round here. They are very good principles for living, and interesting to see the African words next to them.
Very interesting Diane,
You teach us so much! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.
Happy Kwanzaa!!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing an informative post. Yesterday, I was looking at your work, and the first thought was, although it is all great, there is something about this series’ I call them bubbles and mean this with only the highest respect – these painting speaks to me… I don’t why…
Have a beautiful day, a safe and Happy New Year, and Happy Blogging 2008!
P.S. I think mixing your art with poetry, etc., is really a great idea. It is as if it tell “your” story or interpretation of your art.
Happy Kwanzaa to you! Thanks for posting the 7 principles. I love love these bubblescapes, they really appeal to me. The colors, round forms, vibrancy.
By the way, I have tagged you on my blog!! You are IT!
Hi Chris, what a great idea to talk about the principles of Kwanzaa and marketing … of course, they are similar to the principles I try to live by and therefore market by.
Hi Bobbie, I will do that .. thank you for caring!
Hi Irene, you may be right that are right for life and marketing … they are solid principles!!
Hi Pandi, thank you so much for coming by … I have been writing about marketing and I will continue to … thank you!
Hi Beverly, Yes, good good principles! I don’t know if it is celebrated in England … it might be – I think want it to be international … but not sure.
Hi Nicola, thank you for being interested!! I enjoy sharing knowledge!
Hi Ruthie, it is bubblescapes … a good solid (well, maybe not so solid) word! Clearly, the bubbles speak to many people … I am thrilled!!! Thank you for your idea of continuing with the poetry.
Hi Kris, glad you like these principles!! And delighted you l love these bubblescapes!! I do too. I will have to go check out this tagging thing …
~ Diane Clancy
That is why Kwanzaa Order. The most central is, Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. As the fact, the world now is learning for Long Term Cooperative Action to address Climate Change. You do open the new market.
i am not a fan of kwanza i dont even think africans know what christmas is.