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'Kwanzaa's relevance to be measured in dailyefforts of people of African descent' says USAfrica's Founder ChidoNwangwu
The Houston chapter of Women in NAACP (WIN)held an evening of discussions and interaction regarding therelevance and place of the rapidly-growing pan-African festivalKwanzaa, on December 21, 2000.
USAfricaonline.comand USAfrica The Newspaper's founder ChidoNwangwu, the NAACP WIN 2000 guestspeaker, pointed out that "the relevance of Kwanzaa can only bemeaured in how we apply our lives daily to the major of the majorobjectives of Kwanzaa, especially self-reliance/determination,cooperative economics, faith, purpose, creativity, individual andcommunal responsibility."
He added that "Kwanzaa is more a practical matter than the commitingto memory of the theories and goals of the festival. If our folksfail to live up to the true meaning of the festival, it will be a sadand failing indicator."
The director of the prestigious AfricanAmerican studies department at the University of Houston, Prof. LindaReedhighlighted the need for more continental Africans andAfrican-Americans to share knowledge about the heritage of people ofAfrican descent.
On the controversial issue of whether Kwanzaais "truly" an African festival, USAfricaonline.com's Nwangwu who alsoserves as an adviser to the Mayor of Houston on Africabusiness/community and publisher of TheBlack Business Journal, noted that"although Kwanzaa is derived from Swahili, its essence and dailyapplication can be found in the lives of millions of Africans. Theargument about whether Kwanzaa is practised in every African villageis a misleading and silly distinction aimed merely at creatingunnecessary division among peoples of African descent. But I'm veryhappy to say that it has grown exponentially across all the majorcities of the U.S., and Dr. Maulana Karenga must be commended for hisforesight." "
The president of the Houston chapter of the Women in NAACP, ZonaJefferson thanked members of the community who attended the specialevening of heritage discussion and interaction.
By Janet Samson.
Requests for ChidoNwangwu to speak on U.S. andAfrica business, heritage issues , Martin Luther King celebrations,the Black History Month and information technology issues should bedirected to Tigist Tilahun 713-270-5500; ANDsend an E-mail Publisher@USAfricaonline.com
The Seven Objectives ofKwanzaa
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation andrace.
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speakfor ourselves.
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother'sand sister's problems our problems and to solve them together.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses andto profit from them together.
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of ourcommunity in order to restore our people to their traditionalgreatness.
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leaveour community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, ourteachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of ourstruggle. By Dr. Maulana Karenga.
Bush's position on Africais "ill-advised." Theposition stated by Republican presidential aspirant and Governor ofTexas, George Bush where hesaid that "Africa will not be an area of priority" in his presidencyhas been questioned by USAfricaonline.comPublisher Chido Nwangwu. Headded that Bush's "pre-election position was neither validated by theeconomic exchanges nor geo-strategic interests of our twocontinents."
These views were stated duringan interview CNN's anchor Bernard Shaw and senior analyst JeffGreenfield had with Mr. Nwangwu on Saturday November 18, 2000 duringa special edition of 'Inside Politics 2000.'
Nwangwu,adviser to the Mayor of Houston (the 4th largest city in the U.S.,and immigrant home to thousands of Africans) argued further that "theissues of the heritage interests of 35 million African-Americans inAfrica, the volume and value of oil business between between the U.Sand Nigeria and the horrendous AIDS crisis in Africa do not lend anybasis for Governor Bush's ill-advisedposition which removesAfrica from fair consideration" were he to be elected president.
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