What is Kwanzaa
“Kwanzaa” comes from the swahili phrase, “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first-fruits.” It is a non religious holiday celebrating the unity of those in the African diaspora. It is a week long celebration which is observed December 26th to January 1st. It is intended to honor our African Heritage and culture. Kwanzaa was created in the 60s during the Black Power movement. This will be my first year celebrating and I’m ecstatic.
AS A CHILD I GREW UP IN THE CHURCH
Not literally but when it came to holidays and maybe once a month on Sunday. I loved Christmas because of the gifts and getting dressed up every Easter wearing my best clothes, going on egg hunts when I was younger and to the carnivals as I got older. My family was not very strict religious folk but our faith in God could never be broken. I remember every night getting on my knees at the side of the bed and praying with my mother and brother. “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the lord my soul to keep, if I should die before I awake, I pray the lord my soul to take.” But then I would see my father get down on a rug with his face to the floor… I never questioned him.