Kwanza Celebration in the Fort-UJAMAA

African Kwanza Celebration

The Fort Smith Community of Friends is gathering together on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 5:30 to celebrate Kwanzaa-Ujamaa or Cooperative Economics. Please come and celebrate Kwanzaa with us and learn more about this Cultural Holiday celebrated among some African Americans.

Dr. Carla Williams of Howard University, Sherry Toliver, Brian Bailey, Patricia Porter, Mayor McGill, Leora Jackson and a host of other speakers will be on hand speaking on some of the 7 principles of Kwanzaa. We will celebrate the 4th principle called Ujamaa-Cooperative Economics

The event will be held at the Fort Smith Community Center 5:30 pm to 7 pm.

The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matundaya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal.

On each of the seven nights, the family gathers and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed.

The principles, called the Nguzo Saba (seven principles in Swahili) are values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans. Kwanzaa also has seven basic symbols which represent values and concepts reflective of African culture.

Kwanzaa Day 4 – Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics. Today we light our 2nd Red candle. Family, let’s reflect on this quote from our Ancestor, The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out. ~James Baldwin, and Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ~Kenyan proverb

For more information contact Leora Jackson at (901) 340-1966, Brian Bailey (479)871-6336, Sherry Toliver 479-420-1162.

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