In the Obama Kwanzaa Series we have been comparing Obama's principles and performance, especially his second year in office, to each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The question on this last day of Kwanzaa is does Obama demonstrate and/or merit the traditional faith of the ancestors?
7. IMANI (Faith) [ee-MAH-nee]
To believe with all our hart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
In Classical African times the people had faith in their leaders the Kings and Queens of Kemet (called pharaohs by the Greeks) and the Kings had faith in their people (Ancestor inclusive). Most of the leaders were fully developed individuals living in the service of their people and building the first great multi-ethnic society in recorded history. The great monuments and instructional tools of Classical African Civilization, shine to this day, proclaiming the victory of their struggle. But the King did not do this by him or herself the people helped. The people built the great African pyramids with the King as the greatest public works project in recorded history.
Now we are in a new time, where the Sleeping Giants sat on a wall, and the Sleeping Giants had a great fall, and all the King's horses and all the kings' men, even with community organizers, had difficulty putting our community back together again.
The first day of the new year and the last day of Kwanzaa with its family gathering, good food, music and cultural/educational gifts is a good time to renew our commitment to putting the community back together again. What better place to start then with the full family energy at the last day feast.
There are children who have had faith in Obama as a parent, there are students that have had faith in Obama as a professor of law and his leadership as a politician is already legendary. He had faith in the American people when we and many in the world had lost faith. I humbly submit to you, that Obama's "Yes We Can" mission of hope is Kwanzaa's IMANI in modern practice. Imani's brings with it a special community wide positive energy and we must keep that energy moving all year. This is especially true this year, with a Republican congress and the forces of Cultural Anti-humanism raising their heads in the land.
Last year, I and many Americans said we had faith in the community organizers to deliver Health Care Reform (HCR). Our faith was not misplaced, HCR is now law. In fact, the President kept 127 of his promises to date.We had faith in Obama and he has done his job during his two years in office. It is now time for us to do ours. I do my small part with OFA. The question is, how do you do your part?
It is a great time to be alive and partaking in history. I enjoyed this holiday season (despite the hard times) with my family, that is, my immediate family, my cyber-family, my ethnic family, my national family, yes and even my Newsvine family, tnx guys.
Obama's second years performance as President confirms the fact that he is a good new wave example of the ancient First Fruits Festival principle of IMANI. Our ancesters from Ausar, Heru and Auset to Garvy, King and Fannie Lou Hamer are proud of the President's two year efforts to leave the Nation and the World better and more beautiful then he found it.
Housekeeping note. The enormous jump in the National Cultural Health of the American people in 2008 inspired me to start this Kwanzaa series utilizing the most visible AA from our community, as a popular means of exploring and analyzing the 7 principles. This is the third year of the series and I like to think it gets better every year and that you find it useful.