Habari Gani! I greet you in the traditional Swahili greeting that commemorates the beginning of the 2008 Kwanzaa season. Kwanzaa is the seven day celebration that is to allow time for reflection and a new focus the upcoming year. Unlike what the ultra-conservatives characterize it, Kwanzaa is a celebration of African-American culture that was created four decades ago in the hope to assist in the development of our self-determination.
This year's theme is "Repairing and Renewing the World". It is a most appropriate theme in these trying days. It is also appropriate as we anticipate the new Obama administration taking office. Over the next seven days, based on the principles of Kwanzaa: Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith, let us figure out how to repair and renew our world, individually and collectively.
The times demand our full participation in this exercise.