Kwanzaa Stamp Honors Values and Beliefs Around Black Heritage
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By AMBER HUDSON
Each year, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates Kwanzaa, which honors the values and beliefs around African American heritage, by dedicating a Kwanzaa stamp.
Maulana Karenga founded the celebration of Kwanzaa in 1966 to celebrate the history and pride of African American culture between December 26 and January 1. The celebration is based on seven principles called Nguzo Saba, with one celebrated each day. The seven principles are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).
This year’s stamp was designed by art director Antonio Alcala and illustrated by Andrea Pippins. The stamp features a Black woman with Blue hair in front of the kinara.