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Each location will feature a performer and light refreshments. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, December 27, 2 p.m. - Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) Pauline-Robinson Branch Library Self-Determination allows one to define one's self and to define one's community. Self-Determination also involves the celebration of creations of past and present African Americans.
Friday, December 28, 11 a.m. - Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) Byers Branch Library Collective Work and Responsibility refers to all African Americans' steps toward building a sustainable community together and turning inward to solve problems.
Saturday, December 29, 2 p.m. - Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) Green Valley Ranch Branch Cooperative Economics relates to African American business leaders showing solidarity in business practices so that all profit from individual accomplishment in business.
Monday, December 31, 1:30 p.m. - Kuumba (Creativity) Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Creativity means to do as much as one can to beautify and make memorable African Americans' community.
Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday that celebrates Family, Community and Culture. The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza," meaning "first fruits." Kwanzaa begins on December 26 and ends with a communal feast called the Karamu on January 1. Each of the seven days represents one of the seven principles based on community and individualism:
- Umoja - Unity
- Kujichagulia - Self-Determination
- Ujima - Collective Work and Responsibility
- Ujamaa - Cooperative Economics
- Nia - Purpose
- Kuumba - Creativity
- Imani - Faith