With today’s start of the observation of this year’s Kwanzaa celebration, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams delivered the following statement:
“Habari Gani- I wish a joyous Kwanzaa to all. This holiday honors the richness of African-American culture and heritage, each day uplifting one of the seven principles – the values of unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. While we cannot gather to celebrate in person this year, we can hold these principles in our hearts and homes, and exemplify them in our lives.
“Amid all of the challenges that this year has presented, all of the suffering and struggle that is ongoing, it is critical that we take inspiration from Umoja, unity, to move forward with purpose. On the strength of our great blessings, guided by the example and lifted by the legacy of our ancestors, we can overcome great obstacles. We have done it before, we have done it this year, and we will do it in the next.
“Embracing the seven principles in our lives and our communities, let us look to the future with hope and expectation.”