Call: Habari Gani?! (What's going on?)
Response: Ujima! [oo-jee-muh]
Today is the third day of Kwanzaa. The principle celebrated is Ujima or collective work and responsibility. That means to build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together.
It is through togetherness that Africans in the diaspora as well as the motherland will not only survive but thrive. During segregation in America, close knit Black communities often formed the foundation for many businesses and other opportunities for success for individuals and the collective. Through this village concept Blacks made tremendous progress in spite of often living in an atmosphere of terror.
Harambee! Let’s work together.
“A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.” ~Richard Whately
Related Link: Celebrate Kwanzaa in Miami