7 Principles and Affirmations of Kwanzaa

Umoja (oo-MO-jah)
– Unity stresses the importance
of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, “I am We,” or “I am because We are.”
Affirmation: Living In Harmony With Those Inside and Outside My Circle

Kujichagulia (koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-yah)
– Self-Determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.
Affirmation:Doing All That Is Set Before Me

Ujima (oo-GEE-mah)
– Collective Work and Responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world.
Affirmation: Never Leaving My Brother or Sister Unaided

Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah)
– Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.
Affirmation: Using My Talents in Cooperation with The Talents of Others So Together We May Prosper

Nia (NEE-yah)
– Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.
Affirmation: Finding My Path and Purpose Through Prayer, Meditation and Spiritual Readings

Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah)
– Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.
Affirmation: Freeing Myself to Experience New Ideas, New Viewpoints, New Philosophies, New Understandings

Imani (ee-MAH-nee)
– Faithfocuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle.
Affirmation: Sweeping Away Fear of the Unknown, Past Regrets, Concerns for the Future and Meeting Each Day with Active Faith