Kwanzaa is an annual holiday celebrating the families and social values of Africans across the diaspora. It was started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga and is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st each year. I try to practice the seven principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba) throughout the year. This week, I decided to challenge myself to think deeper about the meaning of each day by creating an illustrations centering children in a variety of illustrative styles.
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Day1 - Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Day 2 - Kujichagulia (Self-determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
Day 3 - Ujima (Collective work and responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together.
Day 4 - Ujamaa (Cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Day 5 - Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Day 6 - 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.
Day 7 - Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
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