I am pleased to send warm greetings to all who are celebrating Kwanzaa.
Established in 1966, Kwanzaa represents an African-American and Pan-African
holiday celebrating family, community, and culture. The seven-day observance,
beginning December 26 and ending January 1, serves as a special time to recog-nize
and reaffirm the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principles, of African culture. These
are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative
economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
Kwanzaa provides an opportunity for people of African heritage, regardless of
their religious background or faith, to come together and to show reverence
for their Creator and creation, to commemorate the past, to recommit to high
ideals, and to celebrate the good in life. These life-affirming traditions take
on particular resonance this year, as the United States and the world face new
challenges to peace. As individuals, families, and communities take part in
this celebration of unity and of enduring values, I extend best wishes to people
throughout the globe for a wonderful and memorable Kwanzaa.