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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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Time To Take Stock: Kwanzaa Midyear Assessment

June 12, 2014
Time To Take Stock: Kwanzaa Midyear Assessment

  Midyear Kwanzaa Assessment Six months out from Kwanzaa (December 26, 2014), its time to take inventory of what has been accomplished relative to the Seven Principles. This is a time for the family to come together and to evaluate the progress of family members in achieving their Kwanzaa commitments. For children and youth,...
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The Kwanzaa Red Candle: The Pathway to Success

November 12, 2012
The Kwanzaa Red Candle: The Pathway to Success

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters… This struggle may be a moral...
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November 12, 2012

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters… This struggle may be a moral...
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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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Parenting Through the Kwanzaa Framework

October 17, 2012
Parenting Through the Kwanzaa Framework

Continuing Series Kwanzaa places a premium and priority on the value of children. The Kwanzaa symbol Corn/Muhindi represents children. All families regardless of whether they have children place ears of corn on the Kwanzaa “Mat” in recognition that everyone is responsible for the care, welfare, and development of children. The African American community-based parenting...
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7 Principles of Kwanzaa: A Parenting Model

October 16, 2012
7 Principles of Kwanzaa: A Parenting Model

Continuing Series You hearers seers, imaginers, thinkers, remembers, you prophets call to communicate truths of the living way to a people fascinated unto death, you called to link memory with fore listening, to join the uncountable seasons of our flowing to unknown tomorrows more numerous, communicators doomed to pass on truths of our origins...
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7 Principles of Kwanzaa: A Parenting Model

October 15, 2012

Part One Parents of all races and nationalities are crying out for help. Parenting classes have grown exponentially. Parents in too many instances have lost control of their children and are at the mercy of the child welfare or juvenile justice system.  The profile of American children suggests that something is terribly wrong. More...
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The Fourth Kwanzaa Symbol: Corn/Muhindi

November 22, 2011
The Fourth Kwanzaa Symbol: Corn/Muhindi

Kwanzaa symbols make up the “Kwanzaa Set” and are an essential part of the Kwanzaa celebration. Kwanzaa symbols are representations of the best of who we are and echo our highest ideals. Kwanzaa symbols reinforce the values, concepts and themes of the Kwanzaa holiday. The symbols also are instructive, furnishing lessons and narratives which...
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