Kwanzaa: Creativity builds possibility

By Bahiyah Shabazz, MBA

Habari Gani?


The connectivity, heritage and strength allows the principles of Kwanzaa to celebrate each day of our lives. The celebration is not only for individual households, but a culture which has lost its meaning of community. After being stripped of centuries of history, separated families and lost children, Kwanzaa continues to build structure.

There was a time in the African-American history when “jumping the broom” symbolized the union of marriage. Although, many ceremonies continue the tradition it is not necessary to bind the agreement between husband and wife.

During the era of slavery, men and women could not marry and live as a family.  Instead they truly lived each day as if it were their last while engaging in the marital ceremony of “jumping the broom” not knowing if the union would be ripped apart the very next day.

The 6th day of discussion is:

Kuumba  (koo-OOM-bah): Creativity

Using creativity and imagination to make your communities better than what you inherited.

From the time African-Americans were placed in the United States Kuumba has become a way of life. It is the creativity of the imagination and the drive that builds possibility among the community. 


A stagnant behavior does not see results. A neglected family will not flourish. A destitute area will not thrive.

Today, we will use creativity by writing a poem to our ancestors and descendents to honor. We will promise to become part of the solution and not the problem. We will create ways to build our community each person at a time.

The time to engage in media, video games and music will be limited. Today, is the day our minds will ignite to become more creative as we dwell on our future and all the possibilities that we are CAPABLE of a better tomorrow.

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“Love yourself enough to support yourself.”


6 thoughts on “Kwanzaa: Creativity builds possibility

  1. First of all I want to say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which
    I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.
    I’ve had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my
    thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15
    minutes are wasted just trying to figure out how to begin.

    Any ideas or tips? Thank you!

    • I create a weekly calendar on topics, therefore, I have thoughts of what I want to convey by the time I sit down. At times, I’m spontaneous which means the creative juices are really flowing.

      I hope this helps!

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