Friday, December 26, 2014

Habari Gani?

The second day of Christmas each year also happens to be the first day of Kwanzaa, so there is plenty of reason to keep on celebrating. (Of course we just had Hanukah and New Year's is next week, too). The greeting for each day of Kwanzaa is "Habari Gani?" which, in Swahili, simply means "How are you?" or "What's the News?"

So, just what is the news on this unity day, the first day of Kwanzaa? Are we united? Can we strive for and maintain unity in the family, the community, and in our nation? Kwanzaa was established in part, as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their culture and heritage. The bumpy race-relations in this country, which seem to have gotten worse in recent months, can not be a part of any kind of celebrating, but the coming together of people for the better good, should always be embraced. People have taken to the streets in many parts of the country and cried out "enough!" There needs to be true equality, which we get from unity. Perhaps we will truly have it one day.

It is a good sign when people work together for a common purpose.  The fundraiser I have told you about the past two days is a great example of all kinds of people working together.  They originally sought to come up with $10,000 to help a homeless man, but in just three days raised over $103,500 and the funds keep pouring in!  There is no separation of race here either because it was an Asian man who began the campaign to help a Caucasian man and the donors have been of all races and the media coverage (which is growing rapidly) has been from all over the country and the world.  People can work together and be unified for good.  What a wonderful way to celebrate!

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