The fifth day of Kwanzaa focuses of the principle Nia. The meaning behind this is to focus on restoring African Americans to their traditional greatness, be responsible to our ancestors and those to generations to come after us.
Nia is all about Purpose. Nia directs us to put our energy into building and reforming greatness in our homes, neighborhoods and people. This starts with us consistently spreading the rich history of greatness our ancestors.
When we know our history and what we have been able to accomplish, it allows our children and families a chance to thrive knowing the legacies that have occurred in history. The reason for focusing on the family is that this is suppose to be the most loving and caring environment for all and know where your lineage has come from is important.
On this day of Kwanzaa, I urge each family to put an emphasis on celebrating the family. Let the meal you eat have a family tie to it so that it helps spark the discussion of your family’s greatness through the various generations. Most importantly talk about how to improve your family and neighborhoods. It is our duty to strengthen and educate our children and all people. When learn and grow together we are better.
Derell Wilson is an alderman on the Norwich City Council.
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