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Kwanzaa ’06: Ujima

Collective work and responsibility means looking out for each other. We don't do that, what's the point?

What it means to Eric V. Copage:

[…] It means listening to one another. It means being part of the
brainstorming for a solution. If a black friend is looking for a job,
it means going through our Rolodex for business contacts.


If a black friend has a health problem, it means recommending a
trusted doctor, or a book that might offer a remedy, without being
asked. We are only droplets in the ocean of life, only vapor in the
sky, but through our collective actions our community will be renewed.


On this third day of Kwanzaa, Ujima, I pledge to give the gifts of
nourishment and support by suggesting a solution–without being
asked–when I notice someone in our community who has a problem. […]

And to Africa Adoption Blog:

[…] I saw this principle in action in Rwanda this past June. Once every 4
weeks, the entire nation takes a Saturday to do community good. This
could be cleaning the sidewalks, picking up trash, fixing a communal
building, painting or something that benefits the entire community. We
asked what happened if a family only wanted to clean in front of their
own home, for example, and were told that while no one would physically
force them to participate, it would definitely be frowned upon. What a
remarkable concept! Can you imagine the force for good we would have
here in the United States if every family participated in a
community-building project every single month? Wow. I love it! […]

And I liked finding Graphictruth today:

[…] Any time any
group of people wants to get together and collectively improve
themselves, to earn respect from others and (often much harder) improve
their own self-respect, I'm all for people "gettin' above themselves."
It's generally not all that hard, either, considering the sort of folks
that set that bar. […]

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  1. I don’t even believe in Kwanzaa and I came up with the VL2F on this very night… I guess I really WAS listening when my mom’s friends talked about it.