As the traditional
Christmas season approaches, more than 13 million Americans, and people African descent from around the world, will participate
in the annual, historic, festive, cultural and spiritual celebration of Kwanzaa, a joyous event of the oneness and the goodness
of life, which claims no ties with any one religion, but is an event rapidly becoming culturally recognized by many.
Kwanzaa is a Swahili word that means "first" and signifies the first fruits of the harvest. In Africa, there are many customs
which are common among the various ethnic groups found on the continent. One of these is the celebration of the harvest.
Commencing each December 26th and ending on January 1st of the new year, people of many African villages and communities
come together to celebrate and give thanks for their good fortune. Working towards a successful harvest is a communal effort,
as is the celebration of the seven principals of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba) which are:
*Umoja = Unity,
*Kujichagulia = Self-Determination,
*Ujima = Collective Responsibility,
*Ujamaa = Cooperative Economics,
*Nia = Purpose,
*Kuumba = Creativity (and)
*Imani = Faith.
Here in America, in 1966, Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga initiated Kwanzaa, and adopted the seven basic principles of the
harvest celebrations in Africa to create the observance of Kwanzaa. Dr. Karenga recognized that, on the whole, African-Americans
do not live in an agricultural setting, but, nonetheless, he sought to emphasize that the basic principles found in producing
the harvest are vital to building and maintaining strong and wholesome families and communities.
The concept of Kwanzaa is also based on the cultural principles of a theory called Kawaida. This theory recognizes
that social revolutionary change for Black America can be achieved through the act of revealing and disclosing individuals
to their cultural heritage.
Within this scope, Kwanzaa was developed and is that time when African-Americans can reflect on their use of the basic
principles, share and enjoy the fruits of their respective and collective labors, and recommit themselves to the achievement
of a better life for themselves, their families, their communities, and their people.
Kwanzaa has definite principles, practices and symbols which are geared to the social and spiritual needs of all African-Americans.
The reinforcing gestures are designed to strengthen their collective self-concept as a people, to honor their past, to critically
evaluate their present, and empower them to commit themselves to a fuller, more productive future.
is a way of life; not just a celebration.
As a living social practice, it is a week of actual remembering,
reassessing, recommitting, rewarding and rejoicing. To evaluate themselves, and their rich history, it is vital to relate
to the past, reassess thoughts and practices, and recommit to the achievement of Black liberation and the betterment of life
for all Black Americans, making the world a better place to live, exist and to be.
Finally, the concept of Kwanzaa, is to help Black Americans
fully relate to the past in order to fully understand the present and deal with the future.
"KWANZAA: An African-American Holiday" is a multimedia CD-ROM
for use on PC and compatible computers, created and recently released to further enhance the awareness, knowledge and the
actual celebration of the Kwanzaa event, providing families, schools, clergy and countless others with an educational tool
as well as an entertaining multimedia computer program.
The specially created CD-ROM features Kiswahili pronunciations,
videos of Kwanzaa- related topics, a glossary, questions and answers, a quiz on Kwanzaa, and a "Kids Corner" which uses positive
reinforcement and quality information to enhance the education of young people.
The unique program also features musical selections, representing
the seven principles of Kwanzaa, with the unique ability for playing them on not only the computer, but also in either conventional
home, portable or vehicle CD players, making "KWANZAA: An African-American Holiday" the most unique educational tool and edu-tertainment
media of its kind for both academic and personal entertainment purposes.
Anyone of any age with questions about the purpose or meaning
of Kwanzaa will find all of their questions answered through text, videos and music in this truly unique and low-cost software
include the "Live video-clip Marketplace", where several vendors talk about their businesses in the spirit of cooperative
Questions and Answers section, and the Glossary, allow for even greater understanding of key words and the topical areas.
further enhance education, one of the videos features a Kwanzaa play, in which two young girls discuss what Kwanzaa means
second video depicts a candle-lighting ceremony and explains the process of using the Kinara properly.
full scope of "KWANZAA: An African-American Holiday" offers a host of incentives for users of all ages. If Americas children
are to advance, it is important to provide them with educational tools.
"KWANZAA: An African-American Holiday" CD-ROM / CD fully accomplishes this goal.
addition, the program seeks to inspire those adults who are not yet computer-literate or just intimidated by computers, to
learn to use a computer through the use of this multimedia CD-ROM program, learning more about themselves.
Contents of "KWANZAA: An African-American Holiday" Include:
History and Background
This section describes the rich history and the background associated with the
Kwanzaa celebration period. You will find the first use of underlined hot-words in this section. These hot-words will give
a verbal response when clicked. This may be a definition or an explanation associated with that particular word.
The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa
This section describes the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. Pictures and hot-words
are used here to further provide details relating to the particular principle.
Kwanzaa Celebration and Activities
This section describes the proper dress, greeting and manners which should be
used during the seven days of the Kwanzaa celebration.
It will provide guidance and
help to clear up many of the "What should I be doing today(?)" questions.
The Symbols of Kwanzaa
This section displays and describes the seven ceremonial symbols that are used
during the Kwanzaa period to support the concept of harvest and the celebration of life.
This truly unique section features seven new and exciting musical compositions
which have been composed specifically for the Kwanzaa celebration, and for listening any time during the year.
This is an honorable attempt to create a distinctive and recognizable sound for
the annual Kwanzaa celebration period.
**Remember ... the Kwanzaa
"Seven Principles" musical selections can be played on your computer CD-ROM, on your home or portable CD stereo, and/or your
vehicles CD player.
The Market Place
This section is comprised of both audio and video clips from several of the featured
vendors who are actively involved in the Kwanzaa celebration and/or individuals who, through their business activities, supported
this awareness and educational project, and who also exemplify the spirit of Kwanzaa.
Play, pause and stop buttons
are provided on all video clips.
The Unity Flag
This section features a picture of the Unity Flag. It explains the flags origin,
its colors and the explicit meaning of the use of those special colors.
The Kwanzaa Table Display
This colorful section shows a typical display used in the home or at the place
of the Kwanzaa celebration. All components needed to make an attractive display are shown.
The Candle Lighting Ceremony
This vital section contains a video on the Candle Lighting Ceremony. It explains
the meaning of each candle and its relationship to the Kwanzaa celebration. There is also a great deal of history, information
and examples of cultural heritage are presented here. The informative video is approximately fifteen minutes in length.
A Play. "Kwanzaa: It's For Me"!
This section is designed with children in mind. It contains a two-part video to
demonstrate to children that Kwanzaa is an historic celebration created exclusively with them in mind. This play contrasts
the concepts of the highly commercialized post-Christmas period with the Kwanzaa celebration.
Questions and Answers
This section is filled with a multiple choice quiz and other questions based on
previous topics covered in the Kwanzaa book. Positive reinforcement is used for encouragement.
This section can be used to look up terms which users may research. Hot-words
are used in this section to assist users in the proper pronunciation of Kiswahili words.
An African-American Holiday"
An African-American Holiday
CD-ROM Topics include:
*Swahili Pronunciation Audio Guide
*Videos and Topics on What to Do on Each Day of the Celebration
*Questions and Answer Section
*Kwanzaa Musical Selections which Can be Played on a Conventional Audio
*Candle Lighting Ceremony Video
*The Symbols and The Seven Principles
*Downloadable Kwanzaa Screen Saver
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The Gift of Kwanzaa
is a thoughtfully-produced CD featuring defined explanations of Kwanzaa and its meanings, and offering a unique blend
of original music scores that will highlight any Kwanzaa celebration, including:
--The Gift of The Spirit
--The Gift of Kwanzaa (Narration / Waltz of the African Kings)
--Imani (Echoes of Our faith)
--Ujamaa (Maintain Our Own)
--Tamshi La Tutuonana (Farewell Statement)
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