Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace/Sangodare Akinwale provide a singing celebration of Umoja the first day of Kwanzza. Check out the article in Ebony Magazine featuring Alexis and our Mobile Homecoming elders Dr. Kofi Adoma and Imani Rashid at ebony.com/news-views/why-lgbt-african-americans-embrace-kwanzaa-495#axzz2ohmYeQQl . (mobilehomecoming.org)
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UMOJA = UNITY -> To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
The first principle Umoja (Unity) reminds us of the wisdom of the ancestors found in the Odu Ifa of the Yoruba, which says that "all good comes from the gathering together in harmony." This teaches us the key lesson that all real and lasting good we do must be done in peaceful and principled togetherness as family and community, as friends and partners in building the world we want and deserve to live in. The teaching says we must not walk alone but gather like trees in forming a forest, maintaining our distinctiveness as persons but standing strong in mutually beneficial relationships of harmonious togetherness.
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