I first celebrated Kwanzaa in Elementary School. I was introduced to Kwanzaa by Mrs. Macabee at John T. Pirie Elementary School. I think I was in second grade.
She prepared a book for us about Kwanzaa. She taught us songs. We had a Kinara and a cornucopia full of fruits and winter squash. She placed a candle every day. We flipped a page every day and learned the Nguzo Saba – The Seven Principles. I also remember coloring the pages.
We faced the East every morning and sang the Black (Negro) National Anthem – “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson. I never forgot Mrs. Macabee and I often wonder where she may be.
Asante Sana Mrs. Macabee!!!
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Kwanzaa has seven basic symbols and two supplemental ones. Each represents values and concepts reflective of African culture and contributive to community building and reinforcement.