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THE NGUZO SABA SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF KWANZAA

December 26/Umoja (oo-MOE-jah) UNITY /To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

December 27/Kujichagulia (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-ah) SELF-DETERMINATION/To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

December 28/Ujima (oo-JEE-mah) COLLECTIVE WORK & RESPONSIBILITY/To build and maintain our community together and to make our Brother’s and sister’s problems, our problems and to solve them together.

December 29/Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah) COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS/To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them.

December 30/Nia (nee-AH) PURPOSE /To make as our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

December 31/Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) CREATIVITY/To do always as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful than when we inherited it.

January 1/Imani (ee-MAH-nee) FAITH/To believe with all our hearts in our parents, our teachers, our leaders, our people and the righteousness and victory of our struggle./

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