Self determination: Kujichagulia

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Habari Gani?  What’s news?  Today is the second day of Kwanzaa. The principle for today is Kujichagulia a Swahili word for self-determination. It means to define, name, create, and speak for ourselves. Kwanzaa is about a celebration of culture and can also be used as means to enhance knowledge of self.This is  especially  important for those of us who are of the diaspora. The diaspora is a scattering of people away from their ancestral homelands. Before colonization and the Black Holocaust we were proudly and prosperously African. Once we came to North America in 1619 we became Black, Negro, Niggers, and now African-American. We were meant to be great and we can return to that greatness through knowledge of self.

(1) We must define ourselves. One way to define ourselves as a people is by aligning ourselves with the excellent standards and principles that our honorable ancestors have set forth. As part of reclaiming my identity and increasing knowledge of self, I went through a renaming process. I am grateful for the experience during my journey. Your path may not call for a literal naming process. (2) However, as a people we should name ourselves. A name is something you answer to. In other words, a name is a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known. How are we known as a people in this country and around the world?  What part of the responsiblity are we willing to accept for our reputation? We should only respond to and address each other with names of respect and dignity. Committing to live a lifestyle of dignity has the ability to transform what we think about ourselves, how others perceive us and by what names we are called. What’s popular isn’t always right and what’s right isn’t always popular.(3) We can continue to create for ourselves. Our history is filled with examples of our wonderful creativity. Even during our greatest suffering we resiliently created many devices to make work easier–since we were doing all the service jobs and manual labor. Necessity is the mother of invention. The innate ability to create is part of who are as original people. Others have borrowed and stolen from our artistic expression, mathematical prowess and scientific discoveries for centuries. Well, imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery. Study ancient Kemet and discover the awe-inspiring  ability that we are really made of. Awesome creative ability is in our DNA. The creative contributions of Africans in Kemet are innumerable and mind-boggling.  Let’s create for ourselves and enjoy another level of consciousness. Let’s create in our community and provide places for empowerment and expressions of love and fellowship. (4) Let’s speak for ourselves. We can be the change we want to see. Rather than waiting on someone else to speak up we can take responsiblity to speak up ourselves. If we do not speak up business as usual will continue for the benefit of everyone else but us.

I have posted this video because simply because there is truth here that must be heard and understood if we want to  move forward with the seven principles of Kwanzaa 365 days a year. I am moved each time I watch the video.

 

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

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Habari Gani? (What’s the news?)

Kwanzaa-4.jpgToday is the first day of Kwanzaa. Each day the greeting is Habari Gani? The person you greet responds with one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Today is Umoja which means unity. Umoja is a Swahili term, means to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. Go to this website for more information: http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml

Yesterday I was privileged to share ways to work toward unity with a 19-year-old young man who is hungry for truth about our history and desirous of helping our people.

A friend told me he upholds the principle of Umoja by being true to himself as the orignal man, the cream of the crop on this planet by modeling Umoja in all that he does.

Happy Kwanzaa

How do you or plan to uphold the principle of Umoja?

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

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Yes Black People Can

black-fists-picHonoring  civic responsibility has its place. Every vote counts, or does it? What did we learn from this last election and from the elections before? Ponder this. The authentic truth for me is that Black people were suffering BEFORE the election and we have been suffering for hundreds of years in this country so what’s the difference?

My authentic thought:

We CAN be the change we want to see. We don’t have to make changes via the government. If my neighbor is hungry do I have to vote on it before I share my food with him? If another person in my community needs clothing I do not have to hold a town hall meeting before I go in my closet or my pocket and give her what I can to help her improver her situation.

When we figure out how to come together we will be the people that we truly desire to be in our hearts—the people we dream about– the people we long to be.  The government can’t make us come together or respect each other. Only we can do that ourselves. Morality cannot be legislated nor can government dictate the behavior we should demonstrate that best helps our people.  No one knows what we need more than we do! As a people, we possess everything we need to be successful. Selfishness and the suffocating illusion of scarcity is killing us!

Yes we have suffered from post-traumatic slave disorder and the oppression from the system of white supremacy for years. However, there is still hope as long as life lasts!!!! Be the change you want to see. There is a leader in you! Make changes on your block, at your neighborhood school, barber shop, nail salon, and in your corner of the world–where ever it is. We have to learn to govern ourselves and love ourselves and love our people. We must STOP looking for salvation outside of ourselves. Salvation is not in the government. Our personal efforts are indeed the keys that unlock the chains that keep us bound.

We shouldn’t believe the promises of politics and politicians more than our determination to keep a commitment to ourselves to become the best version of ourselves. Every good thing we do matters! It makes a difference! No effort is too small. All good deeds have merit. Yes we can be the people we were meant to be! The struggle does continue but change is not impossible. We have to get in the fight to win the fight! We are gifted enough, talented enough, and intellectual enough to overcome every obstacle we encounter. Generations of ancestors before us have left a legacy to prove it. That know-how and fighting spirit is a part of our essence as Black people. They did not have half of the platforms or tools available to them as we have today. Yes Black people, we can make a difference!

Hotep (Peace to you)

Dr. Free

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Why Love Africa?

“…You can’t hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can’t hate your origin and not end up hating yourself. You can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself…”

–Malcolm X

 

My Authentic Truth:

I dedicate my life’s work to all of my ancestors, whose fervent spirit, love for freedom and rich history has left an amazing legacy for me of which I am extremely proud. Their insatiable thirst for more despite challenges, sufferings, and cruelties unthinkable have made my success possible. I carry them with me for they are the roots and I am the tree.

My ancestors have prepared me and stand with me in this moment. Their laborious wanderings and tenacious desire to survive and thrive has been advantageous for my success.

I am truly thankful for every tear shed in hope for my peace, and the agonizing sacrifices made for my abundance. Because my ancestors dared to selflessly endure, I live dreams they never even conceived. For this, I am grateful.©

I love Africa! I love me!

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How Are You Making A Difference?

The revolution will not be televised!

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“Everyone has role that they can play that’s not like charity or patronizing—not like going to the Y or Boys and Girls club then saying on the third weekend of the month I am going to toss a basketball then go back to my life and then over dinner I am going to talk about how much  I do. Real liberation comes from applying your occupation holistically to whatever problem you see in your community—into the injustice that you recognize.”

–Nate Parker

My Authentic Truth:

If not me then who? Waiting on them and complaining about what they did or did not do is a waste of time and energy. We must do what we can in our corner of the world. Every effort counts. My gifts and talents don’t just belong to me they belong to my community. My education was freely received  and I must freely give in return.

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In peace and love,

Dr. Free