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Exemplar of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): Professor John Henrik Clarke – A Great and Mighty Walk

"The relationship of history to the people is the same as the relationship of a mother to her child." - Professor Clarke


Kwanzaa 2015 / KUJICHAGULIA – Self-Determination

Kujichagulia - Kwanzaa - Day 2 Dec 27


Kwanzaa 2014 / KUJICHAGULIA – Self-Determination

Kujichagulia - Kwanzaa - Day 2 Dec 27


Kwanzaa, Day 2 – Kujichagulia / Self-Determination: Remembering the Great Carter G. Woodson

As many of you all know, this is the second day of Kwanzaa, the cultural celebration that seeks to honor the best of what it means to be African, specifically through a ritual process of remembering and reflecting on who we have been, who we are, and who we must still become.  This is done more concretely through our reflection on The Nguzo Saba (the seven core principles), one daily from December 26th through January 1st.

The second principle is Kujichagulia, a Swahili word meaning self-determination.  Within this context, self-determination refers to the responsibility and obligation of African people throughout the diaspora to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

In recognition of Kujichagulia, I'm sharing a short biographical video tribute (approximately 10 min.) to our great ancestor, Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  Woodson's example highlights the importance of African people doing the work to tell our own story - to define ourselves - on our terms and through our own historical and cultural lens.