Our Founder, Afrika Abney, entitled her organization that she is working to build Kuumba Expressions using one of the Kwanzaa principles which is Kuumba.
Kuumba means Creativity: “Commitment, duty, and obligation to the practice of continuous improvement.
Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce the 7 Principles and reinforced the bonds of family and community. The Seven Principles were viewed and still remain the “moral minimum” set of values which African Americans need to strengthen and make more effective families and family systems. The values embedded in the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa are interlocking and align together and synergistically produce an outcome greater than each of the values isolated individually.
The Kuumba/Creativity principle demands that African - Americans strive for continuous improvement in our personal and family lives. This principle pushes us to achieve at our highest potential.
Moreover, the Kuumba principle pushes children and adults to strive for continuous improvement, always looking to do better. This principle is central and essential to the restoration of academic excellence for African - American youth.
The Kuumba/Creativity principle pushes against a “victimization” mentality. No matter what the circumstance, how difficult the task, how challenging the outcome, this principle demands perfectibility in that the failure of African - American adults and children to make use of their divine and noble talents, to allow these talents to wane and waste away, is an act against the welfare of black people and humanity, and is also one of the greatest harm a people can inflict upon itself. "
However, we at Kuumba Expressions do not only serve as African - American children and youth, we believe that all children and youth can gain from the experiences by participating in our programs and workshops.
We do not believe in discriminating against a person's beliefs or principles. It is our hopes that all children and youth can impact from our programs and workshops as we work to end the achievement and opportunity gap throughout the community.
If you are interested in helping us build our mission and our committed to improving the lives of the children and youth, please send us a brief note of how you can help us.
Founder of Kuumba Expressions
Kuumba Expressions implements a blended educational intersession strategy to address the urgent need to end the achievement and opportunity gap within our future generation.