The Practice:†The Libation Statement
Kikombe Cha Umojo (The Unity Cup) is the first† or foundational principle, Umoja
(Unity).† In recognition of our ancestors we pay tribute by drinking a pure beverage from
the Kikombe and passing it among family members and guests, a gesture of reinforcement
honoring those who come before.† This ceremony is a collective commitment to continue the
struggle they began for truth and freedom. Together our spiritual consciousness will lay
the foundation for our growth and restoration for our rich and† glorious history.†
We take this occasion at Kwanzaa time, not only to remember the names of great men and women
in the struggle, but to teach in inform our youth.
For our people then, here and everywhere.
For the development of our homeland Africa, origin of man.
For all those who participated in the struggle yesterday, today and tomorrow.
For our spiritual and conscious growth.
For our continued unity and strength to forge forward.
Harambee, Harambee, Freedom Now!
THE NGUZO SABA (The Seven Principles)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
To define ourselves, name ourselves and speak for ourselves instead of being define, names, created for and
spoken for by others.
UJIMA (Collective Work and Responsibility)
To build and maintain our community together and make our sisterís and brotherís problems our problems and to solve them
UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to
restore our people to their traditional greatness.
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, order to leave our community more
beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the
righteousness and victory of our struggle.
F.U.T.U.R.E. serves approximately 100 low income youths, providing after school
activities to youth between the times of 3p.m. to 9p.m., longer than any agency
dedicated to serving youth in Ford Heights.
Programs should hire skilled and qualified staff that are experienced in working with
school-age children. Programs should also provide attractive compensation and work scheduling
packages to retain quality staff.
- After-School Programs: Keeping Children Safe and Smart, prepared for the U.S. Dept.