Friday, December 26, 2008


This week we focus on Kwanzaa, a weeklong holiday beginning today, which celebrates African Heritage. ...

We have religious holidays and we have secular holidays. I see Kwanzaa as an opportunity for African-Americans to reaffirm ourselves if we choose to, a chance to rebuild and renew our focus. I see Kwanzaa as a holiday of the spirit.- Jessica Harris

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.- John Donne

Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.- Alexander the Great

The seven principles of Kwanzaa -- unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith -- teach us that when we come together to strengthen our families and communities and honor the lesson of the past, we can face the future with joy and optimism.- Bill Clinton

In union there is strength.- Aesop

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.- Bahá'u'lláh

Kwanzaa is a holiday that should be celebrated by everyone, not just the black community.- Jacqui Lewis

Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking.- Mahatma Gandhi

A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!- Anonymous

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.- Kenyan Proverb

One is a member of a country, a profession, a civilization, a religion. One is not just a man.- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.- Maya Angelou

Kwanzaa isn't a replacement for Christmas or even Hanukkah. Kwanzaa has nothing to do with religion and while some may twist it to be political, in its nature it is not. Kwanzaa is not the tool of its creator. Kwanzaa has a life of its own. Kwanzaa is about the spirit of people -- all people regardless of color or race. Kwanzaa is a holiday of the human spirit -- not the divine. The two were meant to co-exist peacefully.- Anonymous


Renie Burghardt said...

This was really interesting, Patty. Thank you for posting it.

I hope your Christmas was wonderful. Mine was filled with togetherness and fun, and it will continue today until Sunday night.

Have a great weekend!



Steve Ballmer said...

Good blogging

The Mulligan Family said...


Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Happy New Year too!


Wanda said...

Patty this was so good! Thanks for sharing.

I have a problem when I click on Abe's gives me a failure type box, and then I have to shut down my computer to get out of it. Has anyone else mentioned that?

Christmas was lovely, and I watching the mail box~~~ :)

Love and Hugs

Jack and Joann said...

I like your report on Kwanzaa which we definately celebrated along with the religious holidays in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Like Wanda, I'm having a problem getting out of Abe's blog. There's a glitch I think.