Happy Kwanzaa!!!

Updated: January 6, 2015

In the celebration of our African heritage, we, at Blackathlete.net, felt that it was a must to print the seven principles of Kwanza, which was founded by Maulana Karenga, andfamily observed from December 26 to  January 1. According to Karenga, our struggle is not over materialism. It is about values.  With that said, below is the Nguzo Sabo, which can be used to help us raise our boys and girls, during these turbulent times. So, please post this list in your house and instill them in your heart.

1. Unity

Tell your son there will be no strife in the home. He will get along with his sibling and parents. He will RESPECT his parents. The family needs to be unified.


2. Self-Determination

From this day on, do not allow the word “CAN’T” to be spoken in your home, Philippians 4:13 says, “I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME.”

We must convince and teach our sons that they can do anything.

They can excel in science, math and reading as well as sports, music and rap. The sky is the limit on their potential.

51po8WhH1QL3. Collective Work Responsibility.

In addition to doing chores, there will be times when the entire family must work together to help get things done. Everyone must help one another.

If a gathering is taking place at the house, we are all responsible  for cleaning and getting the entire house ready. When your son finishes his own chores, then he is to reach out and help someone else.

4. Cooperative Economics.

Teach your son how to develop a budget. Start him early with his allowances. Teach him the importance of tithing and saving.

5. Purpose.

We must help our sons develop goals. They should be able to provide a different career for each letter of the alphabet. Our boys make mistakes when they have nothing to lose.

They are not at risk because they’re low income or from a single-parent family. They are at risk when they lack goals and a purpose in life.

6. Creativity.

You can tell an awful lot about your son by looking at his room. What kind of images are in your son’s room?



This list was provided by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu,  an educational consultant with African American Images, who is the author of several dynamic books. He can be reached at Customersvc@AfricanAmericanImages.com

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