December 27, 2012

And The People Speak: Practicing "Kujichagulia" The Second Principle of Kwanzaa


Mt. Vernon, NY (December 27, 2012) -- In November 2011, Grace Baptist Church, a congregation of more than four thousand members were finalizing plans to present a leather bound copy of their first congregational book Reflections From The Pew...A 36 Year Journey... And The People Speak About W. Franklyn Richardson to their pastor.  In doing so, they were practicing the second principle of Kwanzaa, Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), by defining, naming, creating and speaking for themselves about one of their role models.

It didn’t take long to realize that the 360 members and non-members of Grace who wrote reflections about Pastor W. Franklyn Richardson were role models too. Through their participation in compiling Reflections From The Pew, they created a documented antidote to Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich’s venomous assertions that there were no role models in America’s African American communities.  Reflections From The Pew is a model for the importance of Kujichagulia and illustrates what can happen when we don’t speak for ourselves; someone will make up a history and attribute it to you.   

Reflections From The Pew...A 36 Year Journey... And The People Speak About W. Franklyn Richardson is available at The Bookstore At Grace or the eStore www.bookstoreatgrace.org or by contacting Velma McKenzie-Orr at 914-664-2676 or manager@thebookstoreatgrace.org.