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Kwanzaa: Kujichagulia ('Self-Determination')
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Habari Gani? Kujichagulia!Day 2.  December 27 To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.The second principle in the Nguzo Saba calls for us to spend less time worried about what 'THEY' are thinking and more time focused on our own decisions. We can't waste our time trying to live up to the expectations of others. We must value the importance of our own
 
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Kwanzaa: Ujima ('Collective Work and Responsibility')
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Habari Gani? Ujima!Day 3, December 28To come together to build and maintain our communities.None of us walks alone. Especially in the Black community. We need to realize that we stand on the shoulders of others. Celebrating the Nguzo Saba principle, 'Ujima', gives us a chance to reflect on those that helped us reach our current platform. We can pay homage to our parents, grandparents, siblings, te
 
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Kwanzaa: Ujamaa ('Cooperative Economics')
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Habari Gani? Ujamaa!To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them.Cooperative economics can help African Americans take physical control of their own destinies. Did you know that 95% of all earnings in the Black community ends up in the hands of non-Black people? Is it any wonder that when one community has $1.95 and our community has a nickel ... that o
 
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Kwanzaa: Nia ('Purpose')
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Habari Gani? Nia!Day 5, December 30To make as our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.Can any hill stand between you and your beloved? No. Especially if it is your purpose or goal to be with that person. Of course, there are hills in life. Heck, sometimes there are mountains. But when life is good, it s
 
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Kwanzaa: Kuumba ('Creativity')
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Habari Gani? Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah)!Day 6.  December 31Using creativity and imagination to make your communities better than what you inherited.I don't consider myself to be 'creative' in the normal sense.  I haven't written many poems in my life.  I don't create original artwork of any kind.  I don't create my own songs.   I imagine that I'm not unlike many of you.  I
 
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Kwanzaa: Imani ('Faith')
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Habari Gani? Imani (ee-MAH-nee)!Day 7. January 1To believe with all our hearts in our parents, our teachers, our leaders, our people and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.When life seems to bring nothing but a string of defeats and disappointments, we've got to have faith that something good is still in store for us. With this faith, we can forge ahead and continue to put forth our be
 
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Happy Birthday: Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
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Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, MO on this date in 1902. He began writing poetry while attending Central High School in Cleveland, OH. He was educated at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.Click hereto view most of the literary works of Langston Hughes!He was an influential figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's. Hughes spent time in Paris and after returning to the United States, he w
 
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Dr. Ethelene Jones Crockett Award Winner: Laura Stanton (2016)
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Dr. Jones CrockettMy maternal grandmother, Ethelene Jones Crockett, was born in 1914 in St. Joseph, Michigan and grew up in Jackson, Michigan. She attended Jackson Community College and graduated from University of Michigan. She married George Crockett, Jr. who was an accomplished lawyer, judge and congressman in his own right, and they had three children (including my Mom!) before she decided to
 
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Happy Birthday: Alice Walker, 2/9/1944
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It always bothered me that the 'Color Purple' never received proper recognition during the Oscar ceremonies in the early 1990s. The director and actors in that flick were outstanding. Who cannot still remember when Oprah Winfrey got medieval on her husband and her father-in-law?The movie never exists if the book wasn't written first. Alice Walker was born on this date in 1944. She is an African Am
 
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OURstory: Nelson Mandela Released From Prison (Feb 11, 1990)
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On this date in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison. He was (then) a South African political activist and member of the African National Congress. Still active, he had been in Robben Island prison in South Africa for 27 years.What are your thoughts on Nelson Mandela?Related articlesNelson Mandela released from prison: 1990What You Might Not Have Known About Nelson MandelaMandela: 10 thin
 
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