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Kwanzaa  — the seventh day ~ imani or faith

Today is the seventh and last day of Kwanzaa and it focuses on Imani or faith.  The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning “first fruits” or first harvest. Kwanzaa is a Swahili word for this African-American and Pan-African holiday.

 The use of Swahili, an East African language and the most widely spoken African language, denotes this holiday as Pan-African.

 The seventh day focuses on Imani or faith. This principle focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind. Imani affirms our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle. Imani is to believe in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.