December 29th – the Nguzo Saba principle of the day is Ujamaa (oo-jah-mah), which means Cooperative Economics.

To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together. Emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.

Today, the red candle is lit.

All of which we discussed over take out from Marble’s Café, a local Black-owned business. Hmm, my boys have developed a dance that they like to perform during our singing of Harambee. It is both disturbing and hypnotic.

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.