Today is the second day of Kwanzaa, Kujichagulia [koo-jee-cha-goo-lee-ah], self-determination. To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
A self-determined people group is a powerful force to be reckoned with. They shape and determine their own agenda be it political, economic, social, cultural or spiritual.
When we practice the principle of Kujichagulia other inter-related Kwanzaa principles come into play. We accept responsibility for determining what happens in our community rather than waiting for someone to do it for us.
When we practice the principle of Kujichagulia we don't whine about our problems, we solve them. Kujichagulia allows the people group to experience a sense of freedom to make positive change as individuals and for the collective.
Self-determination is evidenced each time we vote or don't vote, voice our opinion at a meeting of a governing board, spend money at a black-owned business, organize our neighborhood Crimewatch team or make a conscious decision not to conform to standards that suppress the magnificence of our natural African beauty and heritage.
Let's apply the principles of Kwanzaa in our daily lives and manifest our own destiny.
"We face neither East nor West ; we face Forward" - Kwame Nkrumah