CLU Hosts Kwanzaa Celebration
Harambee, a Swahili term that means “let’s all pull together”, was the theme for this year’s Kwanzaa celebration hosted by Cal Lutheran University (CLU). A number of people from diverse backgrounds gathered at CLU’s Gilbert Center last Saturday, December 14 for an early celebration of Kwanzaa.
The program was sponsored by CLU Multicultural Programs and International Student Services, CLU Black Student Union (BSU), NAACP Saturday School and Afro-Centric Committee of Ventura County.
The seven day event is observed annually from December 26 through January 1 by African-American families who want to stress moral values and honor ancestral traditions, family, unity, community and culture.
The program included certificate presentations, singing, dancing, food, shopping and live music from one of the hottest bands in Ventura County, Cosolive.
Dr. Juanita Hall, Senior Director of Multicultural and International Programs said, “I really like the principals of Kwanzaa and I want our students to grasp hold of the principals before they leave the university. We are educating leaders for a global society and part of that is being a community leader.”
Dr. Hall, who is also Assistant to the CLU President for Diversity continued, “The principles of Kwanzaa really embrace what we want to be as a people; they are so aspirational. It’s a good thing for our students to learn and we want to share that with the community.”
The seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:
- Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to 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 brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.