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.