I don’t remember being told, “we’re going to start celebrating Kwanzaa.” We just did. I think I was 12.
Kinara in place. New terms trying to roll off the tongue.
“Habari Gani.” “Umoja.” “Kujichagulia.” That was my favorite one to practice.
Karamu at the Wesleys’. Forming a big circle and calling out the names of our ancestors.
And a few years later, leading Kwanzaa celebrations at church because as I often had to explain, yes, you can be Christian and celebrate Kwanzaa too.
Whether you officially celebrate Kwanzaa or not, I hope we all take inspiration from the Nguzo Saba or seven principles that are its foundation. (Learn about them here)
HARAMBEE!! (Let’s pull together)