Habari gani? Farewell statement

This serves as the close of the Kwanzaa observance, particularly in my church’s celebration. It would do well to be embraced by all–not just those who celebrate Kwanzaa. I hope you have enjoyed this year’s journey.

P.S. If you wish to join me in the Harambee, feel free–just raise your open palm in the air and pull it down into a fist as you shout the Harambee–getting progressively louder and making the last one the loudest and longest of all.

image credit gonzotimes.com

by Maulana Karenga

It is only appropriate that we end with the tamshi la tutaonana*. For it is a clear and concise statement of values and vision we must cherish and maintain if we are to liberate ourselves and reshape reality in our own image and according to our own needs and interests.

Strive for discipline, dedication and achievement in all you do.

Dare to struggle and sacrifice and gain the strength that comes from this.

Build where you are and dare to leave a legacy that will last as long as the sun shines and the water flows.


Practice the Nguzo Saba, daily!

+ UMOJA, Unity

+ KUJICHAGULIA, Self-Determination

+ UJIMA, Collective Work & Responsibility

+ UJAMAA, Cooperative Economics

+ NIA, Purpose

+ KUUMBA, Creativity

+ IMANI, Faith


And may the wisdom of the ancestors always walk with us.

May the year’s end meet us laughing and stronger.

May our children honor us by following our example in love and struggle.

And at the end of next year, may we sit again together, in larger numbers, with greater achievement and closer to liberation and a higher level of human life.

Harambee! Harambee! Harambee! Harambee! Harambee! Harambee! HARAMBEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*tom-SHE LA toot-ow-nah-nah


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dramaqueen1913
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 00:01:23

    Thank you. As I said, I’m always learning….


  2. writingfeemail
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 19:20:05

    I think you have represented your community well. Happy New Year!


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