Kwanzaa 2011: Kujichagulia/Self-Determination Day- December 27th

December 26, 2011

Happy Kwanzaa

Self-Determination/Kujichagulia Defining and shaping our own interests, priorities, and image, and grounding our thoughts, practices, rituals, and celebrations in our own history and culture

Kujichgulia/Self-Determination Message

The practice of kujichagulia/Self-determination affirms the right and responsibility of African Americans to think, to speak, and to act from their own cultural framework. By doing this, blacks make a contribution to the whole of humanity and thus are confirmed in their human worth. Blacks would do well to remember Mary M. Bethune instruction: “We as blacks must recognized that we are the custodians as well as heirs of a great civilization. We have given something to the world as a race and for this we are proud and fully conscious of our place in the total picture of mankind’s development.”

Kujichgulia/Self-Determination Day Checklist

ü     Highlight the Kwanzaa Symbol Mkeka/Mat

ü     Reflect on the Kujichagulia/Self-Determination commitment for the current and coming year

ü     Family Feast

ü     Pour Libation (optional) for deceased parents love ones, significant others, heroes and heroines, all of those whose sacrifice make it possible for us to enjoy the freedom and fruits of our labor

ü     Candle lighting

ü     Kujichagulia/Self-Determination Commitment

ü     Take picture/record your commitments or Kwanzaa activities (optional)

ü     Using the Swahili greeting to greet each other. Harbari Gani (What’s the News) Response: Kujichagulia

ü     Discuss a major event, milestone, artist/musician , movie, in black history

ü     Read African/American proverbs, folktales, poems

ü     Decorate or discuss plans for decorating with an African décor

Candle Lighting Activity

Candle Lighting: On the second day of Kwanzaa the family lights the red candle. This candle is symbolic of the effort. The placement and order of the Kwanzaa candles teach and reinforce valuable lessons for the family. The red candle is symbolic of the effort a person, family, school or community makes. The lesson is that we light the red candle to reinforce the value of work and effort.  Frederick Douglass reminds us that “If there is no struggle there is no progress.”

Kwanzaa Journal Entry

What was my 2011 Kwanzaa Commitment: Complete, Partially complete, Still in Progress

What are my 2012 Kwanzaa commitments?

By what means or method will I employ to achieve my commitments?

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