Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve been asked by a few people just what does “umoja” mean, and why did I name it “The Umoja Chronicles”? For starters, “umoja” is Swahili word which means “unity”, and is one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the annual celebration (December 26 – January 1) of African-American heritage founded by Maulana (Ron) Karenga. More specifically, Umoja means to strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. For more info on Kwanzaa, it’s purpose and principles, click here.
As for the name of this blog, I figured using words and dialogue is one of the best ways to bring people together, to communicate with and unify a community. I’m not just talking about the African-American community, but the entire country…let’s face it, we are all part of one giant community, we’re just spread out a little. Because the reality is that we all face many of the same problems no matter where we live: from family and money issues to health and safety concerns, we aren’t that much different from each other.
Hopefully through my writings here I can do my little part to bring that unity, that togetherness to fruition. I know one thing for sure: I’m going to have a lot of fun trying. J