How Strong Is Your Faith In The Black Community?

Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Myers (above), 66th Air Base Wing noncommissioned officer in charge of the Military Equal Opportunity office, demonstrates a Kwanzaa ritual where she lights a candle in the Kinara. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/common

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This article is part seven of PushBlack’s seven-day Kwanzaa series. If you missed yesterday’s story, click here to check it out.

Happy Kwanzaa! Today is the seventh and final day, and we recognize the principle of Imani, or faith.

According to Kwanzaa creator Maulana Karenga, Faith can come in a variety of forms: “Faith in our capacity as humans to live righteously, self-correct, support, care for and be responsible for each other and eventually create the just and good society.

We must show faith in ourselves and faith in the validity of our struggle for liberation. If we do not believe in ourselves and what we are fighting for, then there is no way we can win.

Imani teaches us faith in our community. It teaches us that we must believe in the capacity of our community to come together and work towards accomplishing our goals. When we are in need, we should first look inside of our community for assistance.

We must reflect on our grand history and have faith that we have the capability to return to a position of world leadership. Strong faith should result in even stronger action.

In the words of Maulana Karenga, “we must, then, have faith in ourselves, in our leaders, teachers, parents and in the righteousness and victory of our struggle, faith that through hard work, long struggle and a whole lot of love and understanding, we can again step back on the stage of human history as a free, proud and productive people. It is in this context that we can surely speak our own special truth to the world and make our own unique contribution to the forward flow of human history.”

For more info about Kwanzaa, check out “The African American Holiday of Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture.”

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