|New Orleans Public Library|
African American Resource Center
December 28, 2002
Kwanzaa tables like this one graced many African American homes during the
Kwanzaa season, December 26 -- January 1. Started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa is an
African American holiday that renews the 7 principals of the Nguzo Saba: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose),
Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith).|
The African American Resource Center invited patrons to create Kwanzaa cards and Kwanzaa gifts to celebrate the spirit of Kuumba (creativity).
AARC staff member, JoAnn Allen, helps a young patron make a key chain as a Kwanzaa gift. A non-commercial holiday, Kwanzaa gifts are created rather than purchased.
A grandmother and her grandchild make Kwanzaa cards to share with other family members.