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    Dorothy Winbush Riley(Author)

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A family resource guide to Kwanzaa is organized around the seven principles of Kwanzaa and describes the traditions, practices, and cultural foundations of the African-American holiday. Reissue.

"All ethnic groups seek acceptance in society and their place in the universal order," writes educator Dorothy Winbush Riley. "And each group, through holidays, demonstrates its interpretation of human experience." For millions of African Americans, the week after Christmas is a time to celebrate Kwanzaa by reflecting upon seven principles, among them creativity, cooperation, and faith, which are considered the foundation of successful societies. Riley elaborates upon each of these principles through a combination of first-person narratives, poetry, folktales, quotations, and proverbs. The section on Kujichaguila (self-determination), for example, includes poems from Riley, Nikki Giovanni, and Serena Gordon, and excerpts from Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery and Michael Jordan's Rare Air. Ultimately, Riley says, the principles of Kwanzaa cannot be relegated to seven days at the end of the year; if we really want to take Kwanzaa to heart, we must live it in every moment. Kwanzaa is an African American holiday that began in 1966 as the brainchild of a black studies professsor, Dr. Maulana Karenga. It's an occasion celebrated from December 26 to January 1 and organized around seven principles-unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. In this work, which is helpful in understanding the custom, Riley (My Soul Looks Back 'Less I Forget, LJ 8/93) has illuminated each Kwanzaa principle with chapters replete with poetry, life stories of noted personalities who have benefited from using that particular system, quotations, folktales, and proverbs. Numerous books have been written on this practice, many for children. Two to consider are Karenga's The African American Holiday of Kwanzaa (Univ. of Sankore Pr., 1989) and Haki R. Madhubuti's Kwanzaa (Third World Pr., 1987). A good source, especially for young adult collections.Ann Burns, "Library Journal"Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 400 pages
  • Dorothy Winbush Riley(Author)
  • Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (September 27, 1996)
  • English
  • 2
  • Politics & Social Sciences

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  • By Kysha Mitchell on January 17, 2015

    Good condition as promised. This is the best Kwanzaa book I have read. It gives a thorough explanation of the roots of Kwanzaa as well as the universal principles behind the holiday. It also gives an array of nonfiction, fiction, poetry and recipes to enhance your holiday. This is a must for any person researching or celebrating Kwanzaa!

  • By Steven H Propp on December 20, 2010

    At the time of writing of this 1995 book, Dorothy Winbush Riley was "a librarian and administrator in the Detroit school system for twenty-six years ... (and) currently the principal of Higgins Elementary School."She writes in the first chapter, "This book is designed for year-round reading, just as preparation for the harvest demands year-round sowing. The Complete Kwanzaa contains all the information necessary to celebrate Kwanzaa. Each chapter of this book is devoted to a particular principle of the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles). It includes poetry, historical and biographical sketches, quotations, folktales, proverbs, and thoughts related to the principle, all of which can be tailored to your individual Kwanzaa celebration... At the end of each chapter guidelines for success are presented that have been gleaned from the words and actions of the persons who are spotlighted. A glossary and pronunciation key are at the end of the book." (Pg. 16-17)There is also an extensive Bibliography.It concludes with examples of how several families celebrate the holiday; and even has several suggested menus and recipes.

  • By The Kwanzaa Coloring Book on December 9, 2008

    The book provides some good background information on Kwanzaa, there are only a few sources of information on Kwanzaa. Thus, it presented information that many families will find helpful in learning about Kwanzaa. Yet, I thought the book would go further into depth on the history of each principle. In that respect, the book didn't fulfill my expectations. Yet, the book does give stories that represent each principle, as well as a wealth of recipes. More importantly, the book does make you question are you doing what you love in life.The Kwanzaa Coloring Book

  • By Robin Orlowski on December 23, 2007

    This is a good book to give people who are sincerely curious about Kwanzaa--but would (for various reasons) feel uncomfortable learning about it bookwise from something which is geared towards only kids.So many other explaination books I've come across were only for kids. And that's a missed opportunity for bringing people together.After having attended a Kwanzaa celebration while enrolled in college, I wanted to explain this celebration to friends and family members. But I hadn't found anything which was inclusive of older readers--and my experience/perspective---until now.

  • By Gwendolyn Rhodes on December 17, 2014

    This book is an excellent compact source of information and ideas. We used this book to construct our Kwanzaa ceremonies. It has suggested readings, exercises and everything you need to do the ceremonial part of Kwanzaa. I'm getting a new copy so I can use it again.

  • By A customer on September 12, 1998

    This is another great reference source by Riley. She writes and tells everything about the holdiay that anyone needs to know. The book is organized in such a way that you can read a section, gain information, put it down and come back for more. I love this book and the cover is beautiful.

  • By A customer on January 1, 1999

    I have used the paperback copy for the past two years during Kwanzaa. Each year I find something I missed before. It is the best book for all ages on the subjects. It tells you everything you want to know.

  • By A customer on August 26, 1998

    Kwanzaa is based on the universal principals of the Creator God and these principles are the part of every person's life, regardless of their culture or ethnicity.


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