Seven Principles of Kwanzaa: Ujima

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The Kwanzaa principle of Ujima focuses on keeping communities together with collective work and responsibility. Learn about the principles of Kwanzaa in this free holiday celebration video from an authority on African-American culture.

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Hi, I'm Masequa Myers and, in this clip, we will talk about the third day of Kwanzaa, which means we will talk about the third principle of Kwanzaa. The third principle of Kwanzaa is ujima. Collective work and responsibility. Ujima. Collective work and responsibility. And when the lighter of the candle says the principle, "ujima," you repeat, "ujima," those who are in attendance. And when the English translation is said, "collective work and responsibility," you would say back, "collective work and responsibility." Definition of ujima, to build and maintain our communities together and to make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together. Ujima. Collective work and responsibility. And in our next clip, we will talk about the fourth day and the fourth principle of Kwanzaa. Ujamaa.

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