A foundation builds unity

By Bahiyah Shabazz, MBA

English: Ron Karenga celebrating at the Roches...

During Kwanzaa, the seven principles are adopted to demonstrate a strong foundation in  the community, family, and self. My family and I have decided to incorporate Kwanzaa within the fabric of our family.

Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but it is built on love and best qualities. Too often, households celebrate holidays to never teach their children the true meaning. We expect to raise a child with strong principles, self-worth and the ability to make prudent decisions.

Each day represents a different principle, which I will discuss. The 1st day is:

Umoja (oo-MOH-jah): Unity

Success starts with Unity. Unity of family, community, nation and race.

Unity in Diversity

Today, is a day that we put family first. It is the day that we decided to embrace the love that we have for one another while showing the appreciation what each of us bring to the makeup of our family.

We know that no one can carry the family solely by him or herself. Our child can not be successful without our guidance and love. It’s a day that we spend time together. It does not have to be expensive and it does not have to be the entire day…it must be something meaningful that neither of us will forget.

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“Love yourself enough to support yourself.”

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