The Kwanzaa ceremony marked the end of three weeks of study and preparation to explore aspects of the holiday, of African American culture and of one’s own family stories. Kwanzaa is a non-religious, non-heroic African American holiday celebrated from December 26 until January 1st.
Resplendent in red, black and green, Schoolhouse students shared traditional songs from the African American tradition – Zoodio, Ain’t Gonna Let No Body, We Shall Not Be Moved —lit the 7 candles of the Kwanzaa Kinara, and explained (in both song and prose) the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self determination), Ujima (working together), Ujamaa (spending money wisely), Nia (purpose) and Imani (faith).
“I have faith that I will grow up and have a good job and family,” explained Geoffrey DeBrosse (8) of Colchester of the principle Imani (faith). Of the principle Kujichagulia, Clare Stackpole McGrath (6) of Shelburne declared, “I am determined to do good things in the world and to help people who are fighting stop.”... continue reading>>http://www.theschoolhousevt.org/28th-annual-kwanzaa-ceremony