Holiday Values…for the Individual, Family, Community, & People
Blacks/POC didn’t understand the game plan of racist/white supremacy until the 1970’s when John Hedrick Clarke introduced Cheikh Anta Diop to Black scholars. Diop and his works, like The Cultural Unity of Black Africa (world) and Civilzation and Bararism, coupled with growing Black consciousness spured by the Civil Rights Era put the Black African world in perspective for Black scholars…he had proven with his thesis that the great pyramids of Egypt plus 3 million years of 1st and, phenomenally, that life began in Africa and all other peoples evolved from Blacks.
Black scholars, with the impitus of the Civil Rights movement and Diop’s work, framed an Afrocentric scholarship, clamored and got African Studies Departments and with all this new information were able to develop ways to stop the European’s quest to domination and control the non-white world.
One of those solutions, was Kwanzaa…an important one because it addresses our spirituality which is one of the 1st aspect of our culture destroyed when priest an nuns brought ‘Christianity into Africa. Whereas Christianity is worshipped one day a week, Sunday, African spirituality is practiced 24/7…its how ‘man treats man’…it’s practicing the Ubuntu philosophy, ‘I am because you are’.
This philosophy is captured in the concept of Kwanzaa, as created by Dr. Maulana Karenga. He created it in the 1960’s as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by asking them to unit in meditation and the study of African tradition and cultural values that contribute to building family and community.
The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. … The principles, called the Nguzo Saba (seven principles in Swahili) are values of African culture which he wanted to contribute to building and reinforcing community among African-America.