Friday, 06 January 2012 11:51
By Linda Tarrant-Reid
Special to the NNPA from
The Westchester County Press
Good-bye 2011 and hello 2012! As I greet friends, family members and strangers with the familiar “Happy New Year,” I say it with more conviction and more intention than I ever have before, because I truly wish for everyone a safer, happier, healthier and more prosperous 2012.
As Kwanzaa celebrations came to a close this holiday season, we were left to contemplate and incorporate the Seven Principles of the holiday, the inspiring Nguzo Saba, into our hectic lives – Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). In Dr. Maulana Karenga’s Annual Founder’s Message published in the December 22, 2011 Los Angeles Sentinel, he summarized the Seven Principles and their relationship to where we are today – “walk gently, act justly and relate rightly in and for the world.”