The Founder’s Welcome
Dr. Maulana Karenga
THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL THEME IS “Embracing the Principles and Practice of Kwanzaa: Creating and Celebrating the Good”. It is so named in order to reaffirm the centrality of the Nguzo Saba, The Seven Principles, on this the 50th anniversary of their introduction in the lives and liberation movement of our people in 1965. Surely, if we truly value Kwanzaa and believe in its principles, we must embrace those principles and the practices that are rooted in and rise out of these principles.
By “embrace”, I mean to grasp and hold tightly and firmly as an expression of affection and commitment. Its original meaning is to hold in the arms, but we must embrace the Nguzo Saba in heart and mind grasping them and holding them tightly and firmly as an expression of our love of them and commitment to them as the source, ground and impetus for some of our most essential commitments, thought and practice. READ IN FULL