Creativity/Kuumba Day: Sixth Day of Kwanzaa

December 31, 2014

A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture”

Kwanzaa Set

 Today is the sixth day of Kwanzaa, a celebration of the Kwanzaa principle Kuumba/Creativity.

Commitment, duty, and obligation to the practice of continuous improvement.” 

Creativity Theme: Leaving our families, community, and world a better place to live, work, and love


Lewis Latimer

Lewis Latimer

Today is the sixth day of Kwanzaa. Families, friends, and communities come together on this day assess, reassess, celebrate and recommit themselves to bettering the lives of their families, communities, and indeed the world.  The story of Lewis Latimer is marvelous example of the creativity principle. Latimer was a collaborative partner with Alexander Bell, Hiram Maxim and Thomas Edison. Bell invention of the telephone was incomplete and made possible with the drafting and drawing of the patent by Latimer. Thomas Edison invention of the light blub was inefficient, cost prohibitive, and ineffectual. Thus, it was left up to Latimer to improve upon the technology that was before him and invent the first carbon filament light bulb by combing previous manufacturing techniques with several new materials. Latimer’s light bulb was cost effective and long lasting, allowing families and businesses to live by lights. Thus, Latimer embodies the creativity principle and is a model to emulate.

Ingathering Activity: The family comes together and share memories and stories of how they have and will contribute to improving their family, school and community.

Red CandleCandle Lighting Activity: On the sixth day of Kwanzaa the family lights the red candle. This candle is symbolic of struggle- continuous effort and work. The placement and order of the Kwanzaa candles teach and reinforce valuable lessons for the family. The lesson here is that we light the red candle to reinforce the value and priority we place struggle as the method for creating progress.

Karamu (Feast) and Celebration: Enjoy yourself and the delicious food; this is time for celebrate the joy of living, love among family and friends and the achievement of which have been attained throughout the year.

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