12/31/09

Sixth Principle of Kwanza- Kuumba

Creativity December 30, 2009
PRINCIPLE 6. CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Kuumba - Creativity, African American Art Poster
KUUMBA (KOO-M-BAH) CREATIVITY: To do always as much as we can in the way we can in order to leave our family and community more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it.The sixth principle of the Nguzo Saba relates to building and developing our creative potential. It involves both aesthetic and material creations. It is essential that creativity be encouraged in all aspects of African American culture. It is through new ideas that we achieve higher levels of living and a greater appreciation for life. Each family member should find creative things to do throughout the year that will enhance the family as a whole. On this day, poetry reading, songfests, dance exhibitions and the like, can aid in promoting the importance of Kuumba.Explanation
The Kuumba principle demands continuous improvement both at the personal and family level. This principle pushes families and communities, adults and youth, not to be satisfied with “just getting by”, with not being satisfied with being average or even above average. George Washington Carver, acclaimed scientist, teaches us all that: “No one has a right to come in to the world without leaving behind a distinct and legitimate reason for having passed though it.”
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