A Book Celebrating: Kujichagulia

Yesterday was the first day of Kwanzaa, Umoja (Unity).  Today is the second day, Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves stand up.

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candlesand culminates in a feast and gift-giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–67.

Kwanzaa

There is one book that comes to mind and yes it was made into a movie like yesterday’s book.  PUSH by Sapphire is about a young girl going from illiterate teenager to a single mother who learned to read and seeks help to help herself and her child.  PUSH is one book that I think celebrates Kujichagulia!

Precious Movie Still

Relentless, remorseless, and inspirational, this “horrific, hope-filled story” (Newsday) is certain to haunt a generation of readers. Precious Jones, 16 years old and pregnant by her father with her second child, meets a determined and highly radical teacher who takes her on a journey of transformation and redemption.

What book have you read that celebrates “defining ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves stand up”?

Happy Kwanzaa!

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