A young girl who attended the celebration stands near candles that represent the seven principals of Kwanzaa. The principals include Umoja (unity), unity of the family, nation and race; Kujichagulia (self-determination), knowing who we are and our role in the community; Ujima (collective work and responsibility), problem solving and the maintaining of our community and our family; Ujamaa (cooperative economics), the building and maintaining of our businesses to fill the mutual need of the community; Nia (pose), having pride in ourselves and our ancestry; Kuumba (creativity), using our individual talents to maintain and beautify our home and community; and Imani (faith), believing in ourselves, our family unit, and using our history to better plan for our future. Dr Maulena Karenga, his family and friends celebrated the first Kwanzaa in December of 1966, in Los Angeles.E-Kwanzaa0104p1_xlg.jpg

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