Kuumba – Creativity.
Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community. We as a people (speaking of African-Americans) are a people of survival, adaption and overcoming. We survived the "Middle Passage", in boats, chains, torture, brutality, but yet we are still here. We were able to adapt to a strange land that we were brought too some 389 years ago, that smelled different, looked different, felt different; coming from a hot climate and being subjected to winter and extreme conditions, but yet we survived and adapted. We have overcome struggles of racism, socio-economic underprivileged, and continue to fight for our basic rights, and basic human needs. During all of these trials, we found Creative ways to survive adapt and overcome, through our being, Spiritual, as well as other areas – music, Worship, et. al.
How can we further develop the Creative minds that currently exist in our world, in our cities of the young black men and women who are undereducated, underprivileged and under loved? How can we give HOPE to a HOPELESS community, how can we bring Light into the darkness of this world, how can we bring Peace in the midst of urban warfare?
We must continue to use our God given Creative Gifts and Talents, to make a better life for those to come after us. We must realize that we HAVE to give back to those who have been given NOTHING – EACH ONE TEACH ONE, is the African Proverb. We are ONE in community, ONE in reality and ONE in the eyes of the Creator.
Kuumba – Creativity, have you gotten creative with someone NEW? Do it for 09'!
God bless you and Happy New Year!