InformAfrica – Today is the 5th Day of Kwanzaa, and today’s principle in Swahili is ‘Nia’ (Purpose); which is to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Dr. Maulana Karenga founded Kwanzaa presumably in 1968 (other sources states 1966, 1967) as a cultural celebration. Its main goal is to help African-Americans (Blacks) define themselves as a people, to further the understanding of African culture, and decrease the commercialism of the American Christmas.
The original word Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili language which means first fruits to celebrate the harvest of crops. Dr. Karenga established the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles) for inspiration and common goals for the African-American community to practice all year long.