Welcome to Episode #32 of YB2C Live!, the podcast for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and freelancers, brought to you by [Your Business Your Brand Creatively], our company that works with the branding, marketing, copywriting, communications, and productivity projects with our clients locally and worldwide.
We record the podcast every Thursday from our studio in the [Green Garage Detroit Co-Working Community] in Midtown Detroit. Our guests are scheduled using the Acuity Scheduling app, and the podcast is recorded using the Zoom app.
This week, our special guest is Baba Jamon Jordan, nationally renowned historian and president of the Detroit Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), which was established nationally in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History. Jamon is also an educator and the Tour Leader of the Black Scroll Network and co-founder of the Black Scroll Study Group. President at ASALH Detroit, Historian | Educator, Tour Leader at Black Scroll Network History & Tours and Co-Founder/Facilitator at The Black Scroll Study Group in Detroit Michigan.
The word “Baba” is a term of respect for adult males in Kiswahili, the second-most spoken language in Africa and in the African Diaspora. Kiswahili as a language is not connected to any religion or country in Africa but is the widely-accepted language used culturally in the Diaspora.
In this episode, Baba Jamon explains, as only an esteemed historian can, the history of Kwanzaa and its legacy and importance for African Americans and Africans in the global Diaspora. As president of the [Detroit Chapter of the ASALH], Baba Jamon also gives us the history of the organization founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who first established “Negro History Week,” which then ultimately led to the annual celebration of Black History Month every February.
Kwanzaa is not “Black Christmas,” but a week-long celebration of African culture and it highlights the 7 Principles of the “First Fruits,” which is what “Kwanzaa” means in Kiswahili. Kwanzaa is a time for people of African descent and others to come together every day as part of family and community to renew their commitment to the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa before the New Year; the last day of Kwanzaa is January 1st.
Kwanzaa is an excellent opportunity for creative entrepreneurs to design and promote their artistry, particularly handmade items that incorporate local and cultural elements. Kwanzaa is meant to be the antithesis of the commercialization that often accompanies Christmas.
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