Kwanzaa is an African-American harvest and community festival that was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, as a way of reaffirming African-American identity, instilling knowledge and pride in African roots, and reinforcing bonds among members of the community. Kwanzaa is now celebrated by an estimated 18 million people in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Britain, India and some African nations.
Kwanzaa is devoted to seven principles, know collectively as Nguzo Saba: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative economics) , Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).
- The Official Kwanzaa Website — Read messages from Dr. Maulana Karenga, the founder of Kwanzaa, and learn more about the meaning, symbols and celebration of Kwanzaa.
- Welcome to A Celebration of Kwanzaa — Learn about the meaning of and traditions related to Kwanzaa
- Kwanzaa celebrations mark cultural values — This article from the Boston Globe explains the cultural significance of Kwanzaa
- Kwanzaa — A collection of information and articles about Kwanzaa from CNN
- Kwanzaa — The story of this celebration from the History Channel website
- Kwanzaa Recipes — A collection of recipes and menus from Food.c om
- Kwanzaa Recipes — Holiday recipes from Kwanzaa.net
- Kwanzaa Recipes— Special holiday recipes from Allrecipes.com
Just for Kids
- Kwanzaa Children’s Books — A selection of children’s books about Kwanzaa available from NOBLE via your public library
- What is Kwanzaa — An online ‘scrapbook’ about Kwanzaa from Scholastic Web site
- Kwanzaa — A collection of Kwanzaa crafts, games, songs and recipes for young children, from the Ideabox website.
- Kwanzaa — Coloring fun, games and more from Billy Bear’s Playground
- Kwanzaa — Kwanzaa activities and crafts for kids from the Family Education site