Complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating Our Cultural Harvest

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Celebrated between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1, Kwanzaa is a joyous and meaningful holiday that gives African Amer. an opportunity to reunite with family and friends and to pay tribute to their rich cultural heritage. Here is a comprehensive guide that explains the traditional ceremonies, foods, and history of Kwanzaa. Offers an intro. to the cultural foundations of Kwanzaa, practical tips on how to tailor celebrations to individual circumstances, and directions on how to hold a Karamu feast, as well as recipes. Also includes an explanation of the 7 principles of Kwanzaas. Includes: the philosophy behind each principle; profiles of successful African Amer. who represent the principles of Kwanzaa; inspirational quotations and proverbs; and folktales new and old. Illustrations.

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"All ethnic groups seek acceptance in society and their place in the universal order," writes educator Dorothy Winbush Riley. "And each group, through holidays, demonstrates its interpretation of human experience." For millions of African Americans, the week after Christmas is a time to celebrate Kwanzaa by reflecting upon seven principles, among them creativity, cooperation, and faith, which are considered the foundation of successful societies. Riley elaborates upon each of these principles through a combination of first-person narratives, poetry, folktales, quotations, and proverbs. The section on Kujichaguila (self-determination), for example, includes poems from Riley, Nikki Giovanni, and Serena Gordon, and excerpts from Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery and Michael Jordan's Rare Air. Ultimately, Riley says, the principles of Kwanzaa cannot be relegated to seven days at the end of the year; if we really want to take Kwanzaa to heart, we must live it in every moment.

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According to Essence magazine, 18 million African Americans celebrate Kwanzaa. For them, and the millions of others who want to know more about it, this comprehensive guide explains the traditional ceremonies, foods, clothing, and history of this joyful and spiritual holiday.

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