Kwanzaa Principles Bring Unity

A program that aims to enhance tradition and culture among the African-American community promoted a service program on Wednesday.

Kwanzaa-in-Action, a pre-Kwanzaa celebration, was put into practice through IU student organizations at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. Danielle Schafer, an Indiana University senior believes the principles of Kwanzaa are beneficial to both the university and Monroe County community.

“I learned that unity and the community is very important because if you’re all working together towards a common goal, you’re going to accomplish more together than you would alone.”

Kwanzaa aims to reinforce African cultural identity and reflect upon the values that sustain them. The principles include unity, faith, cooperative economics, creative work, and responsibility that all work together in various ways to enhance personal lives.

“The principles unity, Umoja, and Kujichagulia, self determination; you need self determination to raise a family and be the head of the household,” says participant Derrin Slack. “I mean it’s hard. I learned that the seven principles can help me in that facet. If I value those seven principles, I know that I’ll be a good father and raise a healthy family.”

Reporting for WTIU, I’m Eunice Ntiamoah.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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