principle is a rule or law that governs conduct in a given situation.
The Nguzo Saba are the set of principles/values by which Black Americans
must order their relations and live their lives, if they are to make
decisions about their lives and begin to build a new world and a new
people to develop it. As a product of tradition and reason of history,
the Nguzo Saba responds to current needs which can be the method used
by Blacks to solve the problems on every level which confronts us as
a people. Thus, the Nguzo Saba are social and spiritual principles,
dealing with ways for us to relate to each other and rebuild our lives
in our own images.
and spiritual principles)
(UNITY) (oo-MOE-jah) - To strive for and maintain unity in the family,
community, nation and race.
(SELF DETERMINATION) (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-ah) - To define ourselves,
name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
- UJIMA (COLLECTIVE
WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY) (oo-JEE-mah) - To build and maintain our
community together and to make our brothers' and sisters' problems
our problems and to solve them together.
(COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS) (oo-JAH-mah) - To build and maintain our own
stores, shops and other businesses and to profit together from them.
(PURPOSE) (nee-AH) - To make as our collective vocation the building
and developing of our community in order to restore our people to
their traditional greatness.
(CREATIVITY) (koo-OOM-bah) - To do always as much as we can, in the
way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and
beneficial than when we inherited it.
(FAITH) (ee-MAH-nee) - To believe with all our hearts in our parents,
our teachers, our leaders, our people and the righteousness and victory
of our struggle.