From the Nguzo Saba, we have come to know Self-determination as Kujichagulia, the meaning is to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves. The principle is rooted in reclamation and preservation of an afro-centric concept of self and community, by listening and being guided by our inner voice:
“That inner voice is a history of experiences, a multitude of determined ancestors who cherished
freedom, and a culture that has developed out of the efforts to obtain and maintain freedom...The inner voice is self-love and an appreciation for a beauty and being that goes back to the very origin of human time.
The inner voice can be heard when we speak to our children about who they are...We must listen to the voices which are consistent with the strengths of our past and yet offer an awareness of the present and the future. We must respect the voice of leadership which elevates us in dignity and strongly question those that would have us degrade ourselves in any form or fashion.
As we learn to listen to our individual inner voice, we can better hear the community’s inner voice.
The voice from within is the voice of freedom, and in listening to ourselves, we learn to take responsibility for ourselves.”
From Na’im Akbar: The Community of Self. 1998. Pgs. 20-21.