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Educate and Prepare Today For KWANZAA


Kwanzaa Is Celebrated Each and Every Year!

Available Now: An Educational and Cultural
PC CD-ROM and Music CD

Making it a CD Masterpiece For Your

Kwanzaa Celebration and Listening Experience!

KWANZAA:
An African-American Holiday

CD/CD-ROM with PC Screensaver

and

SOUND SAGES:

The Gift of Kwanzaa CD  

Educate and Prepare Today for Kwanzaa 

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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.

Kwanzaa 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 program.

Other categories include the "Live video-clip Marketplace", where several vendors talk about their businesses in the spirit of cooperative economics.

The Questions and Answers section, and the Glossary, allow for even greater understanding of key words and the topical areas.

To further enhance education, one of the videos features a Kwanzaa play, in which two young girls discuss what Kwanzaa means to them.

The second video depicts a candle-lighting ceremony and explains the process of using the Kinara properly.

The 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.

The "KWANZAA: An African-American Holiday" CD-ROM / CD fully accomplishes this goal.

In 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.

Musical Selections

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.

Definitions

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.

"KWANZAA:

An African-American Holiday"

KWANZAA:
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

*Children's Pages

*Kwanzaa Musical Selections which Can be Played on a Conventional Audio CD Unit

*Candle Lighting Ceremony Video

*The Symbols and The Seven Principles

*Downloadable Kwanzaa Screen Saver

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This Awareness and Educational

CD-ROM and Music CD
with PC Screensaver Included

Is Now Available For Immediate Ordering and Delivery

So You and Your Family Can Educate Yourselves About
KWANZAA and Be Prepared to Celebrate KWANZAA!

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ISBN: 1-877858-85-4

and

SOUND SAGES

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) 

--Nguzo Saba

--Umoja (Unity)

--Imani (Echoes of Our faith)

--Ujamaa (Maintain Our Own)

--Tamshi La Tutuonana (Farewell Statement)

--Tambiko (Libation)

ISBN: 1-877858-86-2      

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THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF KWANZAA DEFINED

Umoja (unity) to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.


Kujichagulia (self-determination) to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.


Ujima (collective work and responsibility) to build and maintain our community together and make our sister's and brother's problems our problems and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (cooperative economics) to build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses together.


Nia (purpose) to make our collective vocation the building of our community to restore our people to their traditional greatness.


Kuumba (creativity) to do as much as we can to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.


Imani (faith) to believe with our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

KWANZAA 

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