Ujima: Collective Work & Responsibility

The universal law of oneness states that we all come from the same infinite source. We are all connected. Therefore, we need each other. In fact, whatever I do to another or for akwanzaa_logonother I have already done to myself. We can accomplish more as a group than we can individually. No one is able to survive on an island alone. Working together means choosing to work smarter instead of working harder. All of us have something valuable to contribute to the whole. We cannot allow fear, inferiority, superiority, and judgment to divide us. Honestly, we are all very far away from where we need to be as a people in this society. Tenacious we may be, but centuries of oppression and post traumatic pain all under the yoke of white supremacy has created a people who are damaged, hurting, and bruised. Some may exclude themselves from that description because life has afforded them certain opportunities. Please understand others have been denied or even did not even dare to dream. Our taste of the so called American dream does not exclude us from reality. We are connected. When one person hurts we all hurt. We are never stronger than the weakest link in the chain. Can we rise higher than those of us who are considered the least of us? In light of the probability of our own issues we have a responsibility to patiently work together seeking first to understand before we desire to be understood. Then we should use that understanding to build others and our communities rather than yielding to destructive attitudes and behaviors. Belief in ourselves is the key to transforming our communities. Everybody may not change and make better choices for the collective but will you? Are you willing? Have you been willing?

Ujima, the third principle of Kwanzaa, states “to build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together. We do not need an act of congress to demonstrate concern about each other. Morality cannot be legislated. It is not necessary to wait for others to do what we are well able to do for ourselves. It’s actually a shame to expect others to do such. We must be active participants in our own deliverance. Despite how things may appear a better life for us all is well within our reach if we are willing to do the work.

What can we do? Where can we begin? What are you already doing? No deed is insignificant. It all matters. It all makes a difference. Share what you are doing. Be the change you want to see.

Thank you for reading.

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

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Author: Dr. Free

Dr. Free is a veteran educator. Her area of expertise is African-centered education consulting. She is a life learner who is passionate about truth, liberation, and justice. Dr. Free strives to be true to herself. She expresses herself in a way that enhances the lives of others and she enjoys giving others the space and encouragment to do the same.

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