by Dr. Brad Black
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I was given the suggestion that since I wrote about Chanukah I should also explain about Kwanza. I thought that was a good and since Kwanza is from December 26 thru January 1 that is why I waited till this week to do this blog. I will also warn you after I looked up Kwanza it was very eye opening and will be another controversial blog this year.
Kwanza was started by Dr. Maulana Karenga a Professor and Chair of African Studies at California State University , Long Beach. Kwanza is a Swahili phrase that means “first fruits of the harvest.” Dr. Karenga started Kwanza in 1966 because and I will quote “give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.”
The last statement has upset many Christians because it is like saying that Black people canno be Christian and if they are they are being Uncle Toms by following white man religion. In the book of Acts chapter 8 Philp tells an Ethiopian Eunice about Jesus and leads him to Christ. This Ethiopian would be have been black. 26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
It was not till years later in the book of Acts that Paul takes the gospel to Europe In Act 16
6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;
12 And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.
Paul leaves Asia and goes to Europe or white men. You see Christianity was first given to the blacks then the white man. So for this man to say that the blacks need an alternative to the Christian Holidays he missed the point that these Christian Holiday were first given to the blacks and they do not need an alternative.
The other thing about this alternative holiday is he say so the blacks do not imitate the dominate society. But how do they celebrate it is a harvest festival just like Thanksgiving. They light candles every night just like Chanukah. And the last night of the festival they give present just like Christmas. To me it looks like he took parts form the dominate societies celebrations and imitated them.
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