SALEM UNITED COMMUNITY LEGACY
Building a Stronger Cultural Historical Future for All
Upcoming observance & Holidays to be aware of
Contributed by: AFLCMC/RFBJ BIG
November 27, 2022 (fourth Sunday in November) is Umoja Karamu Celebration, created in 1971 by Edward Simms Jr. to inject new meaning and solidarity into the Black family through ceremony and symbol. Umoja Karamu means “unity feast” in Swahili, and is based around five colors and their meanings, which represent five historical periods in African American history. Black represents Black families before slavery, White symbolizes the scattering of Black families during slavery, Red denotes the liberation from slavery, Green signifies the struggle for civil equality and Gold implies hope for the future.
December 1 is Rosa Parks Day, is an American holiday in honor of the civil rights leader. In Ohio and Oregon, Rosa Parks Day is celebrated on the day she was arrested, December 1. In California and Missouri, it is celebrated on her birthday, February 4.
December 2 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, marking the date the General Assembly adopted the “United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others” (resolution 317(IV) of December 2, 1949). The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labor, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.
December 26-January 1 is Kwanzaa, a holiday established in 1996 by Maulana Karenga as a time for African Americans to “discover and bring forth the best of our culture, both ancient and current, and use it as a foundation to bring into being models of human excellence and possibilities to enrich and expand our lives.”
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Be a part of this community family
Salem United Inc is making a gift to the community that will be displayed at the 2022 event and will then be placed in our permanent museum. We want everyone who has a history, who feels a part of this event and is just beginning to build a history with us, bring a patch that represents you and your family or your community or history. We will put it on our quilt and welcome you as the Negro Election Day family.
Salem United, Inc. Members