SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - People in Shreveport are celebrating Kwanzaa with a week of activities.
Kwanzaa is a national holiday celebrated from December 26- January 1. It began in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor and chairman of Black studies at California State University.
The holiday is based on seven principles:
1. Unity: Umoja- To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
2. Self-determination: Kujichagulia- To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
3. Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima- To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
4. Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa- To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
5. Purpose: Nia- To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
6. Creativity: Kuumba- 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.
7. Faith: Imani- To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Kwanzaa is across the world and has a special list of items used to celebrate the holiday. Click here full a list of activities in Shreveport this week.