7 DAYS OF CELEBRATING COLLECTIVES DURING KWANZAA
7 Days of Collective Celebration is a project leveraging and promoting collectives and the exchange of services, resources, and information during the African American Kwanzaa Holiday Season. During the seven days of Kwanzaa in 2021, Collectives were featured for one hour a day highlighting the Kwanzaa principles and providing activities, sharing services, and inviting people to participate in their Collectives.
The project is an expression of using the Kwanzaa principles in our everyday with others in our Collective Nation – World Resource Network. The goal is connecting and supporting Global Collaboration. The aim of the overall project is the sharing of abundance resources, services, and information, as the beginning of laying the groundwork for the World Resource Network.
A highlight of each day was the premiere of an emerging choreographer’s work performed to Kwanzaa, a song created by Dr. Byron Johns, Founder of A Place To Be to drive the themes of Kwanzaa through the arts (song & dance). See Choreographers below.
Participating countries include Ghana, Canada, Jamaica, UK, Japan, South Africa, and the USA with many participating collectives from various cities across the country. This virtual Kwanzaa Festival celebrated the wealth that exist in our collectives and what is available for us all now collaborating within this network.
Day1: UMOJA (UNITY):
Day 1: UMOJA (UNITY) To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
DAY 2: KUJICHAGULIA (Self Determination)
DAY 2: KUJICHAGULIA (Self Determination) To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
Day 3: Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
Day 3: Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together.
Day 4: Ujamaa (Cooperative economics)
Day 4: Ujamaa (Cooperative economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
DAY 5: NIA (Purpose)
Day 5: Nia (Purpose) To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
DAY 6: KUUMBA (PURPOSE)
Day 6: Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Day 7: Imani (Faith)
Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.