To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
It was December 1st, World AIDS Day, when I sat down to write what I wanted to say. So my mind naturally turned to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in African American communities. And in reflecting on that, I couldn’t help remembering some of the things I’d blogged about this year, like reading a great book about homophobia in black churches or reading about and responding to Keith’s experience at Central State University. I thought about Michael Sandy and Dwan Prince. I thought of ministers like Alfred Owens, Willie WIlson and Wellington Boone. I thought about how few African Americans are more like Leonard Pitts.
I thought about all of the above in relation to collective work and responsibility, and poured it into today’s podcast in the Kwanzaa series. I got a little long-winded, but I wanted to make sure I got all of the context in. I hope it’s a useful contribution. Also, check out the previous podcasts addressing Umoja (unity) and Kujichagulia (self determination).