Friday, December 22, 2017

Kwanzaa: Work & Responsibility

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Sorry for the late post I had to work, so needed to take a minute before I could continue this series on Kwanzaa. I think I will be releasing the last couple of Principles in one blog post in the coming days. I wanted to really focus on the first three then I think for the last one I'm going to do a special post for that one since it has a lot more things I can talk about. The word for the third day of Kwanzaa is called:

Ujima

(oo-JEE-mah)
Collective Work & Responsibility

To build and maintain your community together. To work together to help one another within your community.

According to the US government's copyright laws, the term “collective work” refers to a submission in which a number of contributions are assembled into a collective whole. This principle means to help take care of the community by buy, selling, and promoting black-owned business. Also, take care of and keep the community safe, educated, and always seeking opportunities for betterment. And Responsibility is "the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone." Together these two terms can be interpretative as collective guilt in certain situations, the black community is very hard to each other when a person misrepresents us through a medium (or media) frame. The term "collective guilt" is seen here as the individuals are responsible for other people's actions by tolerating, ignoring, or harboring them, without actively collaborating in these actions.

Today's Symbol term to go with this Principle is: 

Mazao

(The Crops)

These are symbolic of African harvest celebrations and of the rewards of productive and collective labor.

"The first-fruits celebrations are recorded in African history as far back as ancient Egypt and Nubia and appear in ancient and modern times in other classical African civilizations such as Ashantiland and Yorubaland. Kwanzaa builds on the five fundamental activities of Continental African "first fruit" celebrations: ingathering; reverence; commemoration; recommitment; and celebration..." read the rest here.

African Crops

Green beans
Carrots
Sweet potatoes
Beetroot
Squash
Lettuce
Tomatoes

~ Heri za Kwanzaa ~

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