Faith/Imani Day: Seventh Day of Kwanzaa

December 31, 2014

A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture

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symbol_imaniImani:The duty to trust and believe in our parents and our parents and in our capacity as family, community and a people to achieve at our highest potential.” Today is the seventh and final day of Kwanzaa. Families, friends, and communities come together on this day assess, reassess, celebrate and recommit themselves to practicing the Imani principle. Faith is the bedrock principle. Faith, as Mary McLeod Bethune said, “is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible. Faith in God is the greatest power, but great, too, is faith in oneself.” Faith has been ever present in the black experience in America.  We are at a critical moment in our history. All of the metrics of well-being are trending in the negative. Our families continue to be challenged by absentee fathers and wayward youth, especially, black males. And, the resurgence of racism—police and civilian killings of unarmed blacks and at the incessant images of blacks as menacing and “takers”— makes this a “faith” moment. We have to believe in ourselves, our ability to solve our social ills and to push the political class to put in place public policies, backed by resources, which support and sustain families, high performing schools, and productive adults. We can achieve this if we keep the faith.

Howard Thurman on FaithFaith is the substance and spirit which makes “tired hearts refreshed and dead hopes stir with the nearness of life; faith is the “promise of tomorrow at the close of everyday, the triumph of life in the defiance of death, and the assurance that love is sturdier than hate, right is more confident than wrong, that good is more permanent than evil.

Ingathering Activity: The family  cones together and lights the green candle and talk about and commit to being more  trusting  in each other in the coming year.

Putting It All Together Kwanzaa Journal - blk, red,  green Review your Kwanzaa commitments and record them in a Kwanzaa journal. Commit yourself and your family to reviewing your commitments, minimally monthly, and preferably weekly.

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