Ujima, pronounced oo-JEE-mah, is the third principle of Kwanzaa and means “collective work and responsibility.”
We define the Black community into 4 subgroups: African, American, African/African Immigrant, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latina. This definition, however, is not absolute as we are not a monolithic people. We seek to be inclusive and embracing in our understanding of this very special and sacred place.
Sunrise is for the life sustaining energy that is provided by the sun as it rises each day.
Cocoa is for the rich variation in skin tone, texture and hues boldly worn and proudly adorned by women of the African diaspora.
A pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners. Domestic violence is not an isolated, individual event, but rather a pattern of multiple tactics and repeated events. Unlike stranger-to-stranger violence, domestic violence assaults are repeated against the same victim by the same perpetrator. (References: Anne L. Ganley, Ph.D. and Susan Schechter, M.S.W.)
A sexual act committed against someone without their freely given consent. Acts of sexual violence include but are not limited to: sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. (References: National Institute of Justice and National Sexual Violence Resource Center)
Exposure to intentional acts of interpersonal violence committed in public areas by individuals who are not intimately related to the victim. Acts of community violence include but are not limited to riots, sniper attacks, gang wars, drive-by shootings, bullying, workplace assaults, terrorist attacks, torture, bombings, war, ethnic cleansing, and widespread sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. (References: US Dept. of Veterans Affairs and The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Ujima is in the process of developing a culturally-specific services resource directory, which identifies organizations across the country that provide unique services tailored to survivors on violence across the African diaspora. While the resource directory is being finalized, contact Ujima at 1-844-UJIMA (85462) for information on resources currently available.
If you need immediate assistance, always dial 9-1-1.