We need Kwanzaa more than ever this year | Michael W Twitty | Comment is free | The Guardian

I LOVE food and contemplating the deeper meanings of life as well as the interconnectedness of things, and here in this article by Michael Twitty, he does a great job pulling all those things together around the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. Well written and I love the images.

Afroculinaria

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/26/black-lives-kwanzaa-2014

My contribution to the Guardian in honor of Kwanzaa, in which we are in the midst, the seven day harvest festival, a time to recommit to action and reflection to values that work together for the good of the community.

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THE AFRO-CULINARY NGUZO SABA

Nguzo Saba (the Seven Principles): 
Umoja (Unity)
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
Ujima(Collective Work&Responsibility)
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
Nia(Purpose)
Kuumba (Creativity)
Imani(Faith).

1. Unity: Where the boat picked us up is more important than where it dropped us off. We celebrate our culinary heritage as African people all around the globe. We support each other and celebrate our foodways from sea to sea, land to land.

2. Self-Determination: We have an obligation to organize, construct and maintain our own food systems. Culinary justice and food sovereignty are all about self-determination. We determine and protect our culinary narrative and it’s integrity.

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3. Collective work and responsibility: No one person can cook, write our food history…

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