The Swahili word Imani, faith, represents the Last Day of Kwanzaa. The commitment of the last day is to believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
There have been other years, when life went more smoothly, that this commitment could seem to be a little high-blown. But in a year when so much has gone wrong, (other than your engagement!) It seems that we might be better engaged in paying some attention to not only bigger goals but also to the places that we look for support. What is the struggle? Who are our teachers? What support do our leaders need? Who is our community?
You’re getting married. You’re making a start on something new and wonderful. Take this wedding and make a marriage that you want to live in forever. Celebrate what’s real and strong between you. Find ways to hold your hopes up to your community and get their support. Let love be the guide that takes you forward into life. Your community needs the testament of hope and faith your marriage offers. I’m so excited to see how you all are going to change the world in the year ahead.
Tip: Take a slow meander through the official Kwanzaa website www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org There you’ll find the answers to your questions and be able to start your study and your celebration. Bookmark it, so you’re ready for next year!