The Enduring Value of Kwanzaa
Forty-two years after its creation, Kwanzaa retains its value and importance for African Americans and for America in general as an instructive guide for achieving personal excellence, family development, and community efficacy. Organized around the Seven Principles, listed below, Kwanzaa offers a way to assess and measure progress in achieving goals which are fundamental to realizing our highest potential and to building networks of care and services so vital to developing and sustaining healthy communities.
Though celebrated December 26 though January 1, the seven values of Kwanzaa are practiced throughout the year. This gives families, school, and communities an opportunity to track and measure their commitment to realize their personal and collective goals and to honor and celebrate their achievements. Promoting an approach which emphasizes recognition of strengths and positive accomplishments, Kwanzaa serves to reinforce ethical behavior, school success, and family and community service, underscoring one of its many methods for motivating positive behavior change.
Given the importance of Kwanzaa and the task of making sure that it is understood and practice with fidelity, this Kwanzaa Blog will offer year-around commentary, tips, and instructions on celebrating and practicing the holiday. By doing this, we hope that parents and their children, teachers and their students will develop a new and greater appreciation for Kwanzaa and will use the Seven Principles , the Kwanzaa symbols, activities and learning opportunities to develop their lives to the fullest potential. In closing we urge you to learn more about Kwanzaa by going to www.kwanzaaguide.com.
- Kwanzaa commemrotive stamp