Kwanzaa | I Respect The Culture and Principles of Kwanzaa

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa
  1. Umoja (oo–MO–jah): Unity – To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  2. Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah): Self-Determination – To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
  3. Ujima (oo–GEE–mah): 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.
  4. Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah): Cooperative Economics – To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  5. Nia (nee–YAH): Purpose – To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. 
  6. Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah): Creativity – To always do as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  7. Imani (ee–MAH–nee): Faith – To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.


Although I am not Black, my children are and I came up in the Black Community of Seattle, WA from toddlers age.

Kwanzaa was introduced into my later in life as an adult. I am blessed to have come up around wonderful committed people that represent a proud culture in education and action.

I know in most peoples eyes I am a white woman, when in fact I am Japanese (father) and German (mother.) I was raise as biracial and as a person of color.

As you can see, I support the Black Community of Creative SoulZ. My life has steered me in this direction and I love it. I want you to know, I may speak out on issues in hopes to make people think, inspire and motivate, but at the same time I know when to stay in my lane and just observe and respect. Kwanzaa is that place of respect and simply acknowledging the culture and life principles of not only this time of year, but should be a lifestyle.

I support my children in learning and honoring the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

I recognized that not all the Black People that I know recognize and celebrate the history and lifestyle of Kwanzaa.

Many people do not understand and care to understand these important values to grow and support their own people.

It’s a concept that should be adopted into everyone’s way of living life.

I am not Black, but I just wanted to knowledge my Respect and appreciation to those that honor the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa all year round.

LadyFlava of LadyFlavaNews

Sharing a respect of Kwanzaa

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