Kwanzaa’s seven principles, or Nguzo Saba, represent African cultural values that contribute to building and growing a community among African Americans. Each day, one of these principles is discussed. While all of the principles are important and bring value to the family’s discussions, this year I feel it is especially important to focus on the faith principle, or imani.
The imani principle’s purpose is “to believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.”
This faith does not focus on religion, but rather faith in ourselves and others to do the right, just, and moral thing. 2015 has been a year filled with angst, anger, terrorism, and fear throughout our nation and the world. But out of that negativity rose community. People have banded together to fight corruption and evil and to demand better from our leaders and each other.
That positivity and community can give us faith and motivate us to challenge ourselves and inspire our families to be better. Before Kwanzaa ends on January 1st, gather your family and talk about the imani principle.
As you sit around the fireplace or dinner table, ask your family these questions:
These may seem like simple questions, but it’s an important exercise for families with children of all ages. Sometimes the simplest questions are the ones we forget to answer as we get older and busier. These questions can help you reflect on the past year, on your life so far, and refocus for the coming year.
Gather your family, discuss these questions, and strengthen your faith in yourselves, each other, and the community. It’s the best way to make a difference in your local community and eventually influence the global community.