FROM A FAN:
HEY TAYLOR HERE IS SOME KNOWLEDGE ON KWANZAA. THE HISTORY ABOUT KWANZAA AND THE REASON WHY THEY CELEBRATE 7 DAYS. I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR WEBSITE! YOU ARE THE ONLY REASON WHY I COME TO THIS WEBSITE. SCOTT FAYNER SUCKS BALLS!!!
I KNOW FAYNER SUCKS BALLS ANS HE SMELLS FUNNYTOO! HE’S ALWAYS SINGING THIS SONG “RUBBING COCKS IS FUN TO DO FOR ME AND YOU! YOU WILL SEE MY CROOKED PENIS ON TV TOO!” AND MORE I JUST DON’T KNOW THE WHOLE SONG FAYN AND DEZ MADE UP!!! OH WAIT I REMEMBER MORE….”I WANT TO RUB YOUR COCK AND DO IT ALL NIGHT LONG!!!” THEY DO IT IN A ROBOT VOICE. IT’S ACTUALLY PRETTY FUNNY BUT GAY AT THE SAMETIME!!! DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT STORY HAD TO DO WITH KWANZAA BUT FUCK IT! OH YA WE WERE JUST TALKIN SHIT!!! HAHAHAHA!!! THANKS FOR THE INFO YOUR THE SHIT!!!! WONDER WHY THEY DON’T CELEBRATE 8 DAYS LIKE THE JEWS????
History and etymology:
In 1966 Ron Karenga created Kwanzaa while living in California. There, he was the leader of the black nationalist US Organization and he claims that his goal was to give an alternative holiday to Christmas. He later stated, “…it was chosen to give a Black alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.“ At the time he created Kwanzaa, he changed his last name from Everett to the Gikuyu “Karenga”, shaved his head, and began wearing traditional African clothing.
The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza“, meaning “first fruits”. The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s, though most African-Americans have West African ancestry.
The official stance on the spelling of the holiday is that an additional “a” was added to “Kwanza” so that the word would have seven letters. At the time there were seven children in Karenga’s United Slaves Organization, each wanted to represent one of the letters in Kwanzaa Also, the name was meant to have a letter for each of what Karenga called the “Seven Principles of Blackness”. Another explanation is that Karenga added the extra “a” to distinguish the Afro-American from the African. Kwanzaa is also sometimes incorrectly spelled “kwaanza”.
Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the civil rights era of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with what Karenga characterized as their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study around principles that have their putative origins in what Karenga asserts are “African traditions” and “common humanist principles.”
In 1967, a year after Karenga proposed this new holiday, he publicly espoused the view that “Jesus was psychotic” and that Christianity was a white religion that blacks should shun. However, as Kwanzaa gained mainstream adherents, Karenga altered his position so as not to alienate practicing Christians, then stating in the 1997 Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture, “Kwanzaa was not created to give people an alternative to their own religion or religious holiday.”
1997 Kwanzaa stamp
Also in 1997, the first Kwanzaa stamp was issued by the United States Postal Service on October 22 at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, California. In 2004 a second Kwanzaa stamp, created by artist Daniel Minter was issued which has seven figures in colorful robes symbolizing the seven principles.
Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called “The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa”, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba – “The Seven Principles of Blackness”), which Karenga said “is a communitarian African philosophy” consisting of Karenga’s distillation of what he deemed “the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.” These seven principles comprise Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason that Karenga used to refer to his synthesized system of belief. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, which are explained by Karenga as follows:
- Umoja (Unity) To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together.
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- Nia (Purpose) To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Kuumba (Creativity) To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- Imani (Faith) To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
These principles correspond to Karenga’s notion that “the sevenfold path of blackness is think black, talk black, act black, create black, buy black, vote black, and live black.”[9