The Nguzo Saba of the Seven Days of Kwanzaa
Action: building a community that holds together
Action: speaking for yourself and making choices that benefit the community
Meaning: collective work and responsibility
Action: helping others within the community
Meaning: cooperative economics
Action: supporting businesses that care about the community
Meaning: a sense of purpose
Action: setting goals that benefit the community
Action: making the community better and more beautiful
Action: believing that a better world can be created for communities now and in the future
As president of Memphis Kwanzaa International, Inc., Dr. Kaia Naantaanbuu follows in the steps of her mother, the late Adjua Abi Naantaanbuua; Founder of Memphis Kwanzaa International.
Dr. Kaia Naantaanbuu has created a sacred community space located at 1549 Elvis Presley Blvd in Memphis, TN to represent our heritage and to offer various opportunities for education, growth, spirituality and unity within our communities.
Dr. Kaia, explains that Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, and it is not intended to replace the Christmas holiday.
The Kwanzaa Celebration was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, in 1966. Dr. Karenga desired to create an annual celebration that honors the values of our ancient African cultures and inspires us to continue working for progress.
The name Kwanzaa comes from the Kiswahili phrase that means “first fruits”.
Kwanzaa permits for you to create and celebrate your own family traditions, which often include dances, songs African drumming, poetry, storytelling, and more.
There are seven nights during Kwanzaa where candles are lit the Kinara. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa honors and supports a different principle. These principles are believed to have been instrumental in building strong, productive families and communities in the Motherland During Kwanzaa, celebrants greet each other with the Kiswahili words "Habari gani, translated into English as "What is the news of the day?
The seven principles are collectively called the Nguzo Saba. The Nguzo Saba are original values of our African heritage which reinforce community unity and cooperative economics for the betterment of our people.