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My Nguzo Mbili (Two Principles)

Kuumba (Creativity)

To do always as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful than when we inherited it.

Imani (Faith)

To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

It strikes me now that Kuumba and Imani are my favorite Nguzo Saba principles, maybe because creativity feels like such an act of faith. We try to create, not knowing our creativity’s impact on others or us. We will something new into existence, resistance notwithstanding, and our faith pulls us through.

I love how, back when I celebrated Kwanza in community with others, our celebration of Kuumba led us right into Imani at midnight. It seemed almost like magic!

My 2022 Wishes for you: