Principles of Kwanzaa

NGUZO SABA (The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa)

Kwanzaa has seven principles that corresponde with the seven days of the celebration. Each day represents a value that must celebrated year round.

Umoja (Unity)
To strive for and 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 brother's and sister's 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.

Source: Official Kwanzaa


Bay Area Kwanzaa

The purpose of this page is to provide Bay Area residents information about Kwanzaa events. The information on this page is courtesy of the Bay Area Kwanzaa Committee and The Village Project and other Kwanzaa event organizers.


Altar at 2008 Kwanzaa Ujamma Celebration at Lake Merritt Boat House in Oakland.
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