Connections: Kwanzaa (2004) | ETV Classics: Holiday Edition

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. 

That's Kwanzaa! 

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.

If you missed any of the holiday programming, check out the Happy Holidays page, or view more classic content on ETV Classics.

Side Note:

To watch more content about Kwanzaa, visit the POV Kwanzaa Collection.