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Kwanzaa The First Fruits Celebration: Umoja Day

December 26, 2015
Kwanzaa The First Fruits Celebration: Umoja Day

This is the first day of the Kwanzaa, Umoja Day. Today, the family and/or friends come together to celebrate family, the common good, and the love, caring, and sharing that is the foundation of our existence and the social glue which binds us as family. The Ingathering Activity The ingathering activity has historical significance....
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Maya Angelou: An Appreciation

May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou: An Appreciation

Maya Angelou: Poet for a People April 4, 1928- May 28, 2014         The passing of Maya Angelou raises the question, “What happens when a great tree falls in the forest?” Angelou was aliterary voice who commanded the world’s attention. Maya unapologetically drew her poetry and writing from the black southern...
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Ubuntu: The African Virtue and Cultural Foundations of the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

October 29, 2012

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa are more deeply understood by examining the cultural philosophy and ethic of Ubuntu, the foundation of many traditional African societies. Ubuntu was considered to be the ultimate African virtue. Ubuntu expressed itself as: respect full humans and human life, interdependence, empathy, harmony, solidarity, and sharing, caring, characteristics found in...
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Kwanzaa First Quarter Assessment: Time To Take Inventory

March 30, 2011
Kwanzaa First Quarter Assessment: Time To Take Inventory

Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven guiding principles for building and restoring healthy and nurturing families and strong and supportive communities. As values which guide our thought and practice, it is paramount that we practice these principles daily. At the end of the year, December – January 1, we take assessment of...
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Black History Month: Books You Should Read

February 23, 2011
Black History Month: Books You Should Read

Root and Branch: Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and the Struggle to End Segregation Author: Rawn James The Supreme Court 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education is widely considered one of the milestones of the civil rights movement. James Rawn explores the two men,  Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall, and the...
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Kwanzaa Gift Giving: Recommended Books

December 18, 2010

Kwanzaa gift giving underscores and highlights the imperative of education and learning. The guidelines for Kwanzaa gift giving are straightforward: the only mandatory gift for Kwanzaa is gift giving is not mandatory a book and heritage symbol. (See Kwanzaa DVD). Below is a list of recommended books for Kwanzaa gift giving. New Books Of...
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Kwanzaa and African American History

November 14, 2010

The study and celebration of African American History is a central component of Kwanzaa. The Kwanzaa symbol, the mat or mkeka (Swahili), is symbolic of the tradition and history of African Americans both here in America and on the continent of Africa. As Malcolm X so brilliantly put it, “History is a people’s memory,...
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Revisiting Kwanzaa In The Age of Obama

October 24, 2010

Michelle and I send warm wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. This is a joyous time of year when African Americans and all Americans come together to celebrate our blessings and the richness of our cultural traditions. This is also a time of reflection and renewal as we come to the...
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Dunbar High School: The Pride of the Race

September 25, 2010
Dunbar High School: The Pride of the Race

The current debate over educational excellence, characterized by President Obama’s Race to the Top, overlooks one of the most inspiring and compelling models of teaching and African American educational excellence-Dunbar High School, located in Washington D.C. What is now called a typical “ghetto” school was once the pride of the race, out performing in...
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African Riddles

July 23, 2010

In most African societies, riddles are a form of art. They are simple and elegant ways to communicate a lot of meaning in few words. Riddles play an important role in the traditions of African speech and conversation.  Like proverbs, African riddles are brief and based on observations of nature. However, with riddles, the...
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