Seven Principles of Kwanzaa: Kujichagulia

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The Kwanzaa principle of Kujichagulia focuses on self-identity and self-determination. Learn about the principles of Kwanzaa in this free holiday celebration video from an authority on African-American culture.

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Hi, I'm Masequa Myers and we will talk about the second day of Kwanzaa and the second principle of Kwanzaa. Kujichagulia, self-determination. And each time we say a principle and light a principle, all those who are in attendance say it back. So I would say, "kujichagulia." You would say, "kujichagulia." I would say the English definition, "self-determination." And you would say, "self-determination" back to me. The definition of kujichagulia is to define ourselves, speak for ourselves and create for ourselves and name ourselves, instead of being spoken for by others. Kujichagulia. And in our next clip, we will talk about the third day of Kwanzaa and the third principle of Kwanzaa.

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