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.
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!
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”?