Word of the Day: Unity
Sticks in bundle are unbreakable.
~Kenyan (Bondei) proverb
Sticks in a bundle symbolize unity, or Umoja, one of the seven principles we celebrate at Kwanzaa. As African-Americans, it is clear we must help ourselves. We must make alliances among ourselves, and stop the bickering, envy, and posturing that divide us. When we help other African-Americans, they can, in turn, help us or our children later. We can spend our money at African-American–owned stores, or buy products made by African-American-owned companies. Obviously, the more of us who make progress, the better for all of us.
Together, we are stronger. Apart, as strong as one alone might be, we cannot always stand up to the forces that work against us. One stick blows away in the wind. Bound to others, it stays in place.
Our potential for power is great–and power is a terrible thing to waste.
On this day, I pledge to buy at least one item from a black vendor or make a lunch date with an African-American colleague.
Excerpts from Black Pearls by Eric V. Copage