Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Finding Ujima at College

Ujima (oo-JEE-mah), “Collective work and responsibility,” Helping others within the community I’ve been lucky enough to live in a number of different places. When we came to the states, I … Continue reading

December 28, 2011 · 1 Comment

Ujima: Naomi’s Community Work with her Church

After I received my assigned principle about Kwanzaa, I tried to narrow down what specific recipe I could write about. My principle is Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), which means … Continue reading

December 28, 2011

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Learn more about Kwanzaa

The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the phrase, "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first-fruits." Kwanzaa's extra "a" evolved as a result of a particular history of the Organization Us. It was clone as an expression of African values in order to inspire the creativity of our children. In the early days of Us, there were seven children who each wanted to represent a letter of Kwanzaa. Since kwanza (first) has only six letters, we added an extra "a" to make it seven, thus creating "Kwanzaa." To learn more about Kwanzaa, visit the Official Kwanzaa Website.