Happy Birthday Ujima Magazine!

Ujima Magazine is celebrating 7 years in business! We will be having an online celebration all month. So join us in the fun and memories.

Ujima Cake Winetasting DSC_1213 Rev.1In 2008, I left my job of 17 years to start a new journey. At the time, I did not have any idea of what I was going to do but I wanted to write. After two weeks of rest and relaxation, the idea of starting a magazine began taking shape. It was decided the magazine would focus on the black community sharing positive and inspiring stories about the people that live in Austin and surrounding areas. The exciting journey of meeting our community and all it had to offer was a gift to us we still appreciate since September 2008.

Ujima Magazine started as a 32 page glossy printed magazine, with vibrant covers and many awesome colors thanks to Quitta Harris (Majestic Design). The stories were inspiring. They still are. Ujima was able to share stories of individuals in our community that strived for excellence and wanted to make a difference. I was so inspired by all the people we interviewed. I learned something from each person which broaden my views and scope on the world. I thank each person who shared their story with Ujima.

The magazine then evolved into a digital magazine with the same vibrant covers and beautiful people sharing their stories. It continued to be a joy to tell stories and contribute to the history of our community. We are currently a online magazine site. We still cover our community with stories of individuals that make a difference in the community and provide inspiration.

I wanted to share the beginning history of Ujima Magazine to let the community know despite the changes and learning experience our team remains true to our mission as we continue to keep going to lift up our community unsung heroes. There were days I could have “closed shop” but Ujima is important to this community  We have remained true to our mission and we have kept going. We now celebrate 7 years. Ujima Magazine has a place in this community and with all the changes we may endure, you can count on quality, inspiration and stories of people in our community making a positive difference. sunflowers

I want to thank all our readers, our contributors and staff that has remained throughout the years. I could not have done any of this without you. I want to especially thank my family because I know they have sacrificed a lot to help me keep this dream alive. I love you all.

I ask that you follow us this September for a great online celebration. Each day we will have something to share to celebrate where we have been, where we are now, and the future. Thanks again for all your support.

Embrace Your Community

Damita Miller-Shanklin

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