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Habari Gani?! Ujima-Kwanzaa Day 3

Habari Gani!! What’s the news today?! Ujima!!

On Day 3 of Kwanzaa we celebrate Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)!! This means “to build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.”

Today we recognize the fact that without collective work and struggle, progress is impossible and liberation is a far distant memory. This is when we must truly embody the idea of “it takes a village.”

On this day, I think about the impact of those that we lost this year who made such a great impact on our local, national, and global communities. Their commitments and efforts to the cause will never be forgotten. One can only hope that we continue to be inspired to follow in their footsteps and build on their legacies!

When thinking about how you can celebrate Ujima today, consider teaming up with members of your neighborhood to help renovate a community center, offering to shovel your neighbor’s sidewalk, or even just helping out around the house more often.

And as a way of sharing with my community, here is an event for all my native Richmond folks this coming Friday celebrating Kwanzaa!

Capital City Kwanzaa Festival

December 30th, 2022…. 5-10pm….Greater Richmond Convention Center

Celebrate the season with Elegba Folklore Society and the creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, at one of the largest annual Kwanzaa events on the East Coast! Come to enjoy a cultural ceremony, performances, workshops, engagement for children, and an African market. 

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