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On the second day of Kwanzaa, a bone-cold Dec. 27, children from the after-school program at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center observed Kwanzaa at Fountain Square. The children read a brief history of Kwanzaa and then described the seven principles and the symbols of the celebration.
The seven-day observance, created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, uses Swahili terms and rural African symbols to celebrate the African American experience in this country. The seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nquzo Saba) are Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith).