TAMSHI LA TUTAONANA
(The Farewell Statement)
On January 1st, the last day of Kwanzaa, it is only appropriate that we end with a clear and concise statement of our purpose.
Let us be thankful for the rewards we share, our children, our ancestors and all those who care and dare on our behalf.
Let us remember and practice daily The Seven Principles — Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujuima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba, and Imani.
Let us look forward to another Kwanzaa where we can gather and enjoy laughter, good food and wisdom as we grow stronger in unity.
Swahili is chosen language of Kwanzaa because it is non-ethnic and is a commonly used by many nations in Africa. It is also characteristically Pan-American as are African-Americans, who claim all the people and nations on the whole continents of Africa.