Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy Kwanzaa! Day 6 -Kuumba

   Principle of the Day

Day 6 - December 31st

Kuumba ( Koo -oom-bah)


To do always as much as we can , in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Examples of Kuumba:
When you are being creative and using innovative ways, you are using Kuumba.  Drawing, dancing, acting shows creativity.  Being inventive, and finding ways to do different tasks is also being creative.

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Today is the six day of Kwanzaa. Families, friends, and communities come together on this day assess, reassess, celebrate and recommit themselves to bettering the lives of their families, communities, and indeed the world. The story of Lewis Latimer is marvelous example of the creativity principle. Latimer was a collaborative partner with Alexander Bell, Hiram Maxim and Thomas Edison. Bell invention of the telephone was incomplete and made possible with the drafting and drawing of the patent by Latimer. Thomas Edison invention of the light blub was inefficient, cost prohibitive, and ineffectual. Thus, it was left up to Latimer to improve upon the technology that was before him and invent the first carbon filament light bulb by combing previous manufacturing techniques with several new materials. Latimer’s light bulb was cost effective and long lasting, allowing families and businesses to live by lights. Thus, Latimer embodies the creativity principle and is a model to emulate

During the morning, afternoon, or evening, family (and friends) gathers around the “Kwanzaa Set” to light the red candle, share memories and stories of how they have contributed to bettering their family, school, faith-based institution, community; poetry, song, or historical accomplishments may be cited to reinforce and make reference to the defining elements of the creativity principle; and families discuss and evaluate commitments and practices around the creativity principle, and make commitments around the creativity principle for 2016.

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