On this third day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate and reflect on Ujima [oo-GEE-mah] (collective work and responsibility).
UJIMA (collective work and responsibility)
To build and maintain our community together and make our sisters’ and brothers’ problems our problems and to solve them together.
The third day of Kwanzaa gives recognition to Ujima: the idea that, by working together and taking responsibility for our own actions and those around us, we honor our forefathers and insure our own well-being and that of our children.
Furthering the “village”—if not us, who? If not now, when?
We ALL have to pitch in. The America Dream, as achieved by immigrants, was not the result of charity. Though I’m sure along the way, some people have gotten a break or some gift to help push them along; the lion’s share of their dream-building came from sacrifice and hard work. And if there was help offered, it would more than likely come from others in the same community of people pooling their resources to help each other build. Having our own store of resources to draw from in order to take care of ourselves and our children is the key to helping all of us advance and have a better life, from generation to generation.