From our Project Director, Lynn Johnson:
This is the second year that my wife, daughter, and I have celebrated Kwanzaa together. Here’s how we do it: Each night, we light the kinara and discuss a black woman or girl whose life/work embodies the principle of that day. We watch a video about her life and then reflect on a series of discussion questions.
Tonight is the 3rd night of Kwanzaa. The principle is Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility. Tonight’s example: Ella Baker. I chose Ella because - well...of course I chose Ella. As arguably the most important community organizer in African American history, I want to learn from her how I can best show up to the work by bringing folks together.
Ella is famous for saying “Give light and people will find a way.” This is my biggest hope for SheLectricity. As we build it, my intention is that we build a leader-free yet leadership-rich ecosystem that sparks light everywhere we go. That we use art and culture and love to turn on the creative light inside of each and every girl we come in contact with. That we use the tools of technology to bring girls together with each other and their allies to do the work collectively and bring forth the innovation needed to solve the biggest problems that need to get solved.
If Ella Baker were alive today, I would ask her to be on the SheLectricity Advisory Team Committee. I would sit at her feet and learn everything that she wanted to teach me about radical, grassroots organizing. I would incorporate all of those lessons into the culture of SheLectricity and, along with all of you, we would transform girls’ lives at scale.
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