December 30th – the Nguzo Saba principle of the day is Nia (nee-yah), which means Purpose.

To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. Encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.

Today, the green candle is lit.

We discussed our purpose and what it means to be missional; how we incorporate Nia into the fabric of our faith. Another family drum circle broke out tonight. The boys wanted to drum dramatically as I read from their collection of stories, “Jackal’s Favorite Game.” Today we also opened another gift. This year’s Kwanzaa gift theme is books, with the boys receiving the book “If You Lived When There was Slavery in America.”

Libation Statement:
For the Motherland, cradle of civilization.
For the ancestors and their indomitable spirit.
For the elders, from whom we can learn much.
For our youth, who represent the promise of tomorrow.
For our people, the original people.
For our struggle and in remembrance of those who have struggled on our behalf.
For Umoja, the principle of unity which should guide us in all that we do.
For the Creator, who provides all things great and small.

Harambee, Harambee, Harambee, Harambee, Harambee, Harambee, Harambee*

*Swahili for “Let’s all pull together” – We use the track from the Sounds of Blackness’ The Evolution of Gospel.