On the second and third days of Kwanzaa, we light the candles for Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) and Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility).

In 2009, I pledge to create for myself a surrounding of positivity and to speak for myself, even when I'm afraid of speaking my truth. I will dedicate my time, quarterly in 2009, to help maintain my community and make the community's problems my problems and to solve them together.
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The first day of Kwanzaa concerns our Umoja. We light the first candle for Unity.

In our family, at least once a week, we get together for conversation. It's easy to do this in my immediate family, especially now that my sister's home for winter break. The challenge comes when you've got family all over the country and everyone is so busy with their work and studies and responsibilities.

For 2009, I pledge to keep stronger ties to my family. We've already started to do this by getting extended family members to join sites like Facebook. It's nice to "see" them regularly with pictures and we can stay updated on how everyone's doing easily and quickly.

Umoja...unity is the first principle. No family is perfect but we strive for unity as best we can!
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( Dec. 27th, 2007 11:06 pm)
The First Principle: Umoja (Unity)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

Today, I met with friends forgotten and familiar. We broke bread and spoke of what we can do to unify our communities. We agreed to meet at least once a month to strengthen these efforts.

Two children were present for the occasion, a six-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy. I wanted to tell them what Tupac said there's going to be some stuff you'll have to see that will make it hard to smile in the future.

Today, really.
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