Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
What I’ve learned this year:
Recovery isn’t linear
Recovery is different for everyone
There’s no one correct way walk
Each pathway is personal
Design by the heavens
Guided by our ancestors
We learned that:
Black is Beautiful
Trans people are beautiful
I do not have to be quiet because I have a vagina
Masculinity and Femininity are fluid
Degree’s mean shit
Money is not a cure for problems
Mental Illness is not a defect
There’s no correct way to be Black, Hispanic, Woman, or LGBTQ
Your life is not my life
I took the path less chosen
I walked the road less traveled
I am strong
I am sexy
I am divine
I am unique
Never let your vote be taken
Never lay idle
Boys can wear dresses, and little girls can play with trucks
I am black and educated
I work to play harder
Kujichagulia means self-determination
With the many faces, I see
The many voices I never hear
As long as the season change
As long as children still play and laugh
As long as babies are born
As long as trees give shade in the sunlight
Days are longer, not shorter
And the Sun rises as the Moon Sets
I am never alone
- Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Let us start our New Year with faith, that this year will be better. Let us learn from the years before, repeat and advance what has worked well. This year we are a new people. We walk with God, and the angels are our ancestors. We spread the message of faith and fight with words of prayer. Prayer and silence are our weapons. “We shall overcome”….today! We are a people of faith, spiritual beings have a humanistic experience. Let us make a footprint on the hearts of our people and encourage change from within.
Happy New Years.
- Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Let us procreate artwork, paint our street, plant trees, plant flowers; live creatively. Create our version of heaven, our perceptions of heaven and make it happen. Why die to experience beauty and tranquility when we can make it happen here. Let us make the heavens proud. Let us recycle, reduce our carbon footprint and save this planet. Save the animals. See the beauty in nature, beauty in seasons, beauty in calamity. Lets purposefully this year, I mean intentionally see beauty, let it grow, cultivate it, multiply it….starting off my being creatively artistically self-expressive
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