A Book Celebrating Ujamaa and Nia

Today is the fifth day of Kwanzaa celebrating Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.  This day follows Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), and Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics).

Kwanzaa Family

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.

Yesterday completely stumped me.  I could not think of a book celebrating Ujamaa. I should have just asked you all.  What book have you read that fits Ujamaa (To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.)?

Nia is celebrated today.  Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.  For some reason a book I read a long time ago seems to come to mind.  Don’t laugh but...Harry Potter!  Yes, I said it.  Harry Potter by J.K. Rowlings is about a boy finding his purpose to help his friends, school and community to overcome the One Who Must Not Be Named!

Harry Potter

Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

What book have you read that celebrates “make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness”?

Happy Kwanzaa!

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