December 27, 2021   Ali   Ali, Kwanzaa 0 Comment

Day Two: Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-GOO-lee-ah), self-determination. To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.

Habari Gani? Kujichagulia

In pondering this principle I’ve come to realize the immense blessing self-determination is. This principle is about “We reserve the right to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves. Such a pledge requires honesty and an in-depth look in the mirror.”

My college instructor asked us in one class, “When you look in the mirror what do you see?” That has become very profound for me. I look in the mirror every day and ponder that – what do I see? Do I see what others have told me? For too long I did. Now I am starting to see the Allison I want to be. I’m seeing not only who I am but who I want to be and I am determining who and what that is.


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