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What Is Kwanzaa? Day Three: Celebrating Ujima
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Happy Ujima! Day three of Kwanzaa focuses on collective work and responsibility. It involves taking a vested interest in the well-being of our families and communities. It requires that we work together in ways that benefit everyone. With this concept, the problems of our brothers and sisters must be our own problems and we must solve them together. I must say that from my perspective, this area is of great concern in terms of African Americans as a whole.

I feel that the effects of colonialism and slavery have carried claw and chain over several generations. Though many of us may want to work together, that desire consistently seems to be overridden by wanting to do things our own way. It is understandable. We are a very unique and individual people. Yet, I feel that we must start to recognize the importance of when to set aside the desires of the individual for the greater good of the whole.

Sounds so easy in principle, but in practice, this concept is very hard. Slavery took a tragic toll not only on those who it physically touched, but its wretched effects have also transcended generations. The aftermath of the separation of families, mothers torn from the breast of their mothers as they nursed, women being forced to mate with men they were not married to and did not know… well, it should stand to reason that African Americans as a race still feel the shockwaves. I am really amazed how each of these concepts of Kwanzaa actually builds upon the founding principle of the first day: Unity.

Unity is necessary in order to work together and make the problems and concerns of others as paramount in our own minds as issues of our own. The funny thing that happens when this takes place is that we begin to develop a sort of symbiotic relationship in which we actually begin to feel the reciprocal power of both giving and receiving; we then know exactly when to help and when to allow others to help us. We learn that both have a power and a strength known to some as a yin and a yang. It is an ebb and flow that can help us know better how to support each other and support our families and communities in the process.

In order to develop this symbiotic relationship, we must take advantage of opportunities to get to know each other. When we know each other, we are far more apt to call on our brothers or sisters for help. Think about it… would you call a stranger to help you or one of your siblings?


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