Dec 27, 2009 RMCC welcomes Rev. Carolyn Mobley and Minister Adrain.
They will bring us a Kwanza Message through Word and Song.
Kwanzaa, celebrated from December 26 through January 1, is an African-American and Pan-African holiday. The holiday began in the United States in 1966 and was first celebrated by Dr. Maulena Karenga in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Karenga began the celebration as a way to promote and honor African heritage. The name "Kwanzaa" comes from the Swahili words matunda ya kwanza, meaning "first fruits."
Kwanzaa has seven core principles:
Ujima (Collective work and Responsibility)
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
These seven principles are represented by seven candles: one black, three red and three green, which are placed in a Kinara (candle holder). The black stands for the people, the red for their struggle and green for the future and hope that are born from that struggle. On each day of Kwanzaa, a new candle is lit and the principle for that day is discussed. (Source UFMCC website)