Dear educators & parents,
We created this resource as a way to honor the celebration of Kwanzaa and provide you with a discussion guide that draws parallels to the past and present struggles and achievements of the Diasporic community.
Professor Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966, during the Black Nationalist movement, because he wanted to offer Black folx an alternative to traditional Judeo-Christian holidays as well as create a “cultural revolution” that would give Black folx “identity, purpose and direction.”
Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration that starts from December 26th and ends January 1st, highlights the importance of 7 African-based principles called the Nguzo Saba: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).
These principles serve to empower, uplift and strengthen Diasporic communities.
Much like the socio-political climate in the 1960s, we are currently experiencing the ways in which people in power degrade and dehumanize marginalized communities -rendering them invisible and stripping them of political power and agency. With this resource, you can analyze and discuss these issues with your students while giving them examples of people who have mobilized for social change in the past and now. This will in turn serve as a catalyst for students to create change in their communities for the better.
The Radical Maestra and Khalilah Brann of CREADnyc.com