Second Day of Kwanzaa – Kujichagulia (Self Determination)

Habari Gani?! Kujichagulia!!

Today is the second day of Kwanzaa! The second of the Nguzo Saba is KUJICHAGULIA. “Kujichagulia” means SELF-DETERMINATION in Swahili. 

This Principle challenges us to ask the questions: 
1. Who are we?
2. Are we really who we say we are?
3. Are we all that we ought to be?

It also challenges us, in answering these questions, to be aware of our history and our culture, to hold fast to our authenticity, and to reflect upon our ethical standards, both in thought and in practice.

As an organization, we stand in honor with those pioneers and unsung leaders who help us to answer these questions and who pave the way for attorneys of color to thrive as a part of the Massachusetts legal community.

From the Honorable George L. Ruffin to the Honorable Frederick Brown to Chief Justice Roderick Ireland (ret.) to the Honorable Ojetta Thompson to the Honorable Geraldine Hines and the many leading black jurists, we salute your self-determination, your courage, your perseverance and your triumphs.

In honor of those who show us who we are and who we should be, HARAMBEE, MBLA!! HARAMBEE!!

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Boston, MA 02108


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