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Ready For Kwanzaa

December 23, 2014
Ready For Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa 2014 This indeed is the time of the month to prepare for the Kwanzaa celebration. The spirit of Kwanzaa is a joyful and celebratory one- celebrating the joy of family and embracing the common good- Loving, Caring, and Sharing. To be sure, Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community, and culture, with the...
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Father’s Day: A Kwanzaa Guide Commentary

June 14, 2014
Father’s Day: A Kwanzaa Guide Commentary

The need to celebrated Father’s Day takes on a more urgent and special need in America in general and among African Americans in particular. Consider that the latest census shows that one-third of American children – a total of 15 million – are being raised without a father, and 72% of blacks children are...
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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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Kwanzaa Family Ingathering

December 17, 2013
Kwanzaa Family Ingathering

Family ingathering, one of the essential daily Kwanzaa rituals, is the starting point for the celebration of Kwanzaa. As a cultural holiday that places a premium and priority on building strong families and family ties, the ingathering activity is a way for family members to reinforce the bonds of affection which tether them together...
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Kwanzaa Symbol: Unity Cup/Kikombe Cha Umoja

December 14, 2012
Kwanzaa Symbol: Unity Cup/Kikombe Cha Umoja

Kwanzaa symbols make up the “Kwanzaa Set” and are essential to the Kwanzaa celebration. Kwanzaa symbols reinforce the values, concepts and themes of the Kwanzaa holiday. The symbols also are instructive, furnishing lessons and narratives which can serve as powerful illustrations in support of an enriched social, moral and intellectual development. Symbol Five: Unity...
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Kwanzaa Ingathering: Reinforcing Family Togetherness

October 25, 2012
Kwanzaa Ingathering: Reinforcing Family Togetherness

One of the most meaningful activities of Kwanzaa is the daily ingathering activity. Based on the celebrations in traditional African societies, often referred to as the first fruits celebrations in which families and the larger community would come together to celebrate the harvest, the common good, and the coming of a new year, Kwanzaa...
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The Seven Principles: A Model for Community Standards

October 18, 2012
The Seven Principles: A Model for Community Standards

Central and essential to the restoration and revitalization of black and poor neighborhoods is establishment of community standards or norms. Community norms set the standard of right and wrong behavior. The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa are well-suited to serve as community standards for African American neighborhoods. What is important here and can not be...
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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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The Shame of Black America: Black Children in the Foster Care System

January 6, 2011

Unquestionably the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States was a milestone in the history of African Americans. Many saw his election as the capstone of an emerging era of enduring progress and achievement by blacks in America. Yet, the untold story of African American children in the foster...
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Kwanzaa: A Pathway for Restoring Marriage

November 6, 2010

The current state of black male and female relationships demands attention and correction:  declining marriage rates, increasing rates of single black women with children (single mothers with kids accounted for 22 percent of all black households) 70 percent of all African-American births are out of wedlock, nearly 45 percent of Black men have never...
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