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When I was looking for a strong name for the magazine, I looked at the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Not sure why, I just thought of the list. The magazine would be about the community and the responsibility I had to define my community in a positive and inspiring way- Ujima Magazine came to life.

The third principle Ujima reminds us that we should work together as a community to resolve problems that arise in our communities. Working together and being responsible as a community is the key to this principle.

The fourth principle Ujamaa is about cooperative economics. This principle speaks to building and maintaining our own shops, businesses, and stores to be economical sound within our communities.

Today’s principle is number five Nia which is purpose. Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community. Are you setting goals that will benefit not only your personal goals but your communities?

Are you celebrating Kwanzaa? Please let us know if you are. We would love to hear about your experience.

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Damita Miller-Shanklin is the Founder/Publisher of Ujima Magazine, Host of Ujima TV and Co-host of Ujima Sistah Radio Show.