Day 1 of Kwanzaa Celebration…. Umoja – Unity

One Love…

As You will find in the post before this one, Matunda Ya Kwanzaa is an annual celebration amongst Afrikan around the world. Today is the first day of the 7 day celebration. The first principle of the Nguzo Saba (7 principles) is:

Umoja (oo-Mo-jah) – Unity.  

On this day, all are urged to to strive for and maintain UNITY in the family, community, nation, and race. What we have to really have to strive for is carrying out the Kwanzaa principles beyond this 7 day celebration. Umoja should be observed and practiced daily. This principle is almost like the foundation of it all, why we say this is because without Unity, there can never be communal building and there can never be a common ground. We need to unite, not just for Kwanzaa, but also for / as Hip Hop; as brothas and sistas; as human-kind; as One Nation.

Look closely at the symbol for Umoja. What does it say to you? What does Umoja (unity) mean to you?

Heri za Kwanzaa (Happy Kwanzaa).

Peace and Unity to you and your family.

Brotha Hakeem. S