We're so glad you have been following ETV Classics: Holiday Edition. We hope you enjoyed these selections from the SCETV vault. To conclude the offerings, we wanted to address a unique holiday that often doesn't receive a lot of attention.
Join host P.A. Bennett for this episode of Connections to learn more about this end-of-the year celebration.
Kwanzaa is an African American Holiday created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Africana studies at California State University. It's celebrated annually starting on December 26th and ends on January 1st. During the seven day celebration, a principle is celebrated each day:
- Day 1 - Unity or Umoja (oo–MO–jah)
- Day 2- Self Determination or Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah)
- Day 3 - Collective Work and Responsibility or Ujima (oo–GEE–mah)
- Day 4 - Cooperative Economics or Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah)
- Day 5 - Purpose or Nia (nee–YAH)
- Day 6 - Creativity or Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah)
- Day 7 - Faith or Imani (ee–MAH–nee)
The panel of guests discuss the importance of the holiday, emphasizing Kwanzaa is not meant to replace Christmas, but provide African Americans a way to celebrate family, community and culture.
To watch more content about Kwanzaa, visit the POV Kwanzaa Collection.