“Our greatest gift is our family.”
Today is the first day of Kwanzaa. Our family started celebrating Kwanzaa because my youngest daughter is biracial and I wanted her to have the opportunity to connect with her African American ancestry.
Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966 by Maulana Karenga. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday but was created by Karenga, a college professor, as a way of uniting and empowering the African American community. Kwanzaa lasts for seven days starting on December 26th of each year and each day centers on a principle and symbol
Umojah (oo-MO-jah), unity. To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
This principle has great significance to our family this year as we are focusing on the gift that our family is and working to strengthen our bond.