On the second day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate self-determination. This principle calls us to define, name, create and speak for ourselves. Our post candle-lighting reflection was about what the mainstream culture and society will dictate to us if allowed. We have reaffirmed in years past - through art and writing exercises - that we are the Storytellers. We tell our story.
This year, we asserted that no human tells us who we are or assigns our value, but we must do that work of defining this for ourselves. If we fail to do that work, then others with selfish intentions will do it for us.
We must do the work to find definition for ourselves - harambee!