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News Release

Kwanzaa for Life 2006

National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life

News Release - New York City, New York -December 11, 2006

"Kwanzaa for Life 2006 is an occasion for us African American Catholics to renew our value of family life, celebrate our heritage, and defend the sacredness of life" Franciscan Father James Goode wrote in a news release announcing Kwanzaa for Life 2006. "Our contribution as Black Catholics to Kwanzaa for Life will be to choose life and help our community choose life."

This year marks the sixth annual Kwanzaa for Life sponsored by the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life, which is supported by all the major Black Catholic organization in the United States. "This heritage celebration during the Christmas season gives us an opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Giver of all life, and the gifts of African Americans," stated James P. Newson, Jr., the author of Kwanzaa for Life 2006. Kwanzaa for Life is observed from December 26 through January lst. Available copies of Kwanzaa for Life 2006 may be obtained and linked to here from Kwanzaa For Life 2006 or at:

Kwanzaa was created 40 years ago by Dr. Maulana Karenga.

The Official Kwanzaa Website and the message of the Founder stress that:

"Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contributed to building and reinforcing family, community, and culture among African American people, as well as Africans throughout the world. These values are called the Nguzo Saba which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. Developed by Dr. Karenga, the Nguzo Saba stand at the heart of the origin and meaning of Kwanzaa, for it is these values, according to Dr. Karenga, which are not only the building blocks for our African American community but also serve to reinforce and enhance them."

Come join us as we celebrate Kwanzaa for Life. Come add your voice and commitment "to end abortion and all acts of violence, evil, and injustice that destroy the sacredness of life".

NBCAL Board of Consultants


Most Rev. J. Terry Steib, S.V.D., DD Episcopal Advisor,
 Rev. Fr. James E. Goode, OFM, Ph.D President - NBCAL, Dr. Beverly A. Carroll (USCCB: SAAC),
Ms. Martha Carter-Bailey
(NABCA), Rev. Fr. Fred J. Briers. CR (NBCCC), 
Ms. Therese Wilson Favors, (NABCA),   Very Rev. Glenn D. Parker, CSsR (NBCCC),
Supreme Knight Gene A. Phillips, Sr., (KPC), Supreme Lady Geralyn C. Shelvin (KPCLA),
Sr. Barbara Spears, SNJM (NBSC),   Deacon Marvin T. Threatt, Ph.D Pres.(NAAACD),
Rev. Monsignor Mauricio West, V.G. (NBCCC),Michael Youngblood (NAACYMN),  
Mrs. M. Annette Turner Pres. NABCA (Ex-officio),
Sr. Patricia Haley, SCN Pres. NBSC (Ex-officio), Deacon Dunn Cumby Pres. NBCCC (Ex-officio)

National Black Catholic Congress
Ms. Valerie E. Washington, Executive Director

Xavier University,

          Institute for Black Catholic Studies
            Dr. Jamie T. Phelps, OP, Ph.D.