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Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)

This third day of Kwanzaa we are to focus on building and maintaining our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.

Brothers and sisters, are we not living in a time when Ujima is so relevant? When we ponder the world around us, there is indeed a need for Ujima. So very vividly are we living the words of the profound quote of our brother, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

As we uplift in prayer our brothers and sisters in every Ferguson in America, the Congo, Nigeria, Palestine, the low wage Walmart workers, victims of abuse, and victims of human trafficking, we should know and understand that our brothers and sisters are suffering. Therefore, we all are suffering.

So, I encourage you to delve within oneself and ask, “Am I doing all that I can to stand for my brothers and sisters and our community, to help rebuild it, and to maintain what we’ve already inherited? After true evaluation, everyone’s answer should be, “no, I am not”. Certainly, the evidence of our world around us proves that we aren’t.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have much Ujima to do!

Peace and many Blessings,

La Royce

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