Quotes for Events - Kwanzaa

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Quotes for Kwanzaa, which is the celebration that honours African heritage in the African-American culture.

The fact is that there is nowhere on the African continent a holiday named Kwanzaa. . . . Kwanzaa is an Afro-American holiday which by its very definition reflects the dual character of the identity and experience of the Afro-American people.

It's an African holiday created by African people. It speaks to me in a way it can't speak to people outside our culture. We honor and affirm our family, community, and culture.
To be sure, celebrating Kwanzaa is not an end in itself. Neither is having an Africa medallion swinging from your neck, wearing a kente cloth hat, or giving your children African names. Medallions, clothes, and newly created rites should remind us of our collective strength, and of the fact that this strength is manifest only through individual effort. What we are doing with Kwanzaa and "Afrocentricity" in general is using our culture as an ideal that each of us tries to live up to.
Every day of the year we must apply and practice the Nguzo Saba sincerely and faithfully to harvest success. If you wanted to sing like Whitney Houston, would you think of your music only once a week?. . . If you wanted to be a champion athlete like Michael Jordan, would you abuse your body, neglect your meals, and skip routine practice?
Like Christians at Christmas, African-Americans now have a choice. They can ignore the inevitable commercialization of Kwanzaa and keep the home candles burning. Or they can celebrate Kwanzaa in the old-fashioned American way--by commodifying it.
The seven principles of Kwanzaa--unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith--teach us that when we come together to strengthen our families and communities and honor the lessons of the past, we can face the future with joy and optimism.
We ask you to imagine a world where African people all sing the same songs, all dance to the same music, all dream the same dreams, and all work for the same goals. This is the true purpose of Kwanzaa: to put us all on one accord. There will always be diversity in our songs, but we should strive to always make beautiful music.
Kwanzaa's success depends on exacerbating consciously or unconsciously, black people's sense of alienation from Christmas. With its fat white man who delivers toys and gifts to children, Christmas simply confirms many African Americans' perception that everything in American society reinforces the idea of white supremacy.

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