Eden’s Press Hall Tower Shines with Colors of Kwanzaa

Eden’s Press Hall tower witnesses to the presence and mission of the Seminary.  Red, green and black lights mark the celebration of Kwanzaa, December 26 through January 1.

 This 7-night celebration of family and community honors African American and Pan-African cultures and traditions. During Kwanzaa, families and communities gather to learn, share a feast, honor the ancestors, affirm bonds, and celebrate African and African American cultures.  Kwanzaa is a reaffirmation of the dignity of the human person in community and culture, the well-being of family and community, the integrity of the environment of human kinship with it, and the rich resource and meaning of a people’s culture.  Seven principles include umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), imani (faith).  

 Kwanzaa honors the Black Freedom Movement of the 1960s. The celebration gets its name from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwana and is rooted in first fruits celebrations found in cultures throughout Africa.