Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa!
Do you know anything about Kwanzaa? I didn’t before talking to Sydney James of Black on Black Therapy.
Sydney James, LCSW is the founder of Black On Black Therapy PLLC. As a trauma and anxiety therapist, her services and resources are geared towards elevating mental health and wellness. She promotes cultural healing, nurturing an authentic self-image, and strengthening relationships in her work.
This week she joins Have Hope; Will Travel to educate us on Kwanzaa.
In the episode we talk about what Kwanzaa is, why it’s celebrated, how it’s celebrated, and when her family started celebrating.
Each of the seven days is dedicated to a different principle:
- Umoja (Unity)
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
- Nia (Purpose)
- Kuumba (Creativity)
- Imani (Faith)
We also talk about how Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday not a religious one, why that matters, and why cultural holidays are important.
Sydney and her family celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa.
What stuck out to you from learning about Kwanzaa from Sydney? Share in the comments.