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SEQ CHAPTER Imani Vision Board Party at MC Arts Gallery |


By Godfrey Lee

Oshalla Diana Marcus hosted the Imani Vision Board Party at the MC Arts Gallery in Marin City on Saturday New Years Day, starting the New Year by celebrating the principles of Kwanzaa.

Vision boarding is a fun activity of extracting pictures and words from magazines to visually represent the life you want to see for yourself. Marcus wrote in his ad that “many see vision boarding as an artistic creation, while others see it as therapy. However, everyone agrees that it is fun, especially when combined with healthy and traditional New Year’s Eve food: rice, greens, black-eyed peas, chicken, cornbread and a little sweet wine. “

A small group of women came to the board party including Brittney Burton and Ayana Morgan-Woodard who helped Marcus organize the event. Mz. Ebony Divine McKinley said it didn’t matter how many people came. “It’s not your loss; it is their loss.

They are missing a great event. Don’t take it as a failure. Look at it as I give it to you, ”she said.

Marcus said the event is an opportunity for us to model, create and imagine something in new ways, especially in our work and our world. Kwanzaa was a holiday that reminds us that we can be sustainable and self-sufficient. “It’s important to really understand this about our culture. So let’s own it. Oshalla said.

Marcus also honored the ancestors who came before us and brought us to where we are now.

Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and president of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga sought ways to bring African Americans together as a community.

Karenga combined aspects of several African harvest celebrations, such as Ashanti and Zulu celebrations, to form the basis of the week-long vacation.

The Swahili term “umoja” means “unity” to be sought and maintained in family, community, nation and race.

“Kujichagulia” means “self-determination”, to define, name, create and speak for oneself.

“Ujima” means “collective work and responsibility”, to build, uplift your community together and help each other in your community.

“Ujama” means “cooperative economy”. Similar to Ujima, this principle refers to improving the economy of your community, building and maintaining our own stores, stores and other businesses and profiting together.

‘Nia’ means ‘goal’ or collectively build and develop the community in order to restore it to its traditional grandeur.

“Kuumba” meaning “creativity”, to use our creativity and imagination to make our community more beautiful and beneficial than we have inherited it.

“Imani”, the last principle, translates to “faith” in the community and “believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle,” says Karenga .