December 28th – the Nguzo Saba principle of the day is Ujima (oo-gee-mah), which means Collective Work and Responsibility.

To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together. Reminds us of our obligation to the past, present, and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and the world.

Today, the innermost green candle is lit.

After discussing ways we put this into practice, through church and helping our friends, we read from a collection of African-American children’s stories, a story entitled “Two Ways to Count to Ten.” We continued to read from their book on Kwanzaa (“The Story of Kwanzaa”).

Libation Statement:
For the Motherland, cradle of civilization.
For the ancestors and their indomitable spirit.
For the elders, from whom we can learn much.
For our youth, who represent the promise of tomorrow.
For our people, the original people.
For our struggle and in remembrance of those who have struggled on our behalf.
For Umoja, the principle of unity which should guide us in all that we do.
For the Creator, who provides all things great and small.

Harambee, Harambee, Harambee, Harambee, Harambee, Harambee, Harambee*

*Swahili for “Let’s all pull together” – We use the track from the Sounds of Blackness’ The Evolution of Gospel.