Empowerment thru creativity

1000 Shillings

Around the globe there are many who sell their creative work to support themselves.  Many times in third world countries the artisans do not receive adequate monetary compensation for their beautiful work.   It is unfortunate that some large corporate organizations who can afford to pay higher sums, purchase the artistic work at very low prices and re-sell the work for quite large profits.

The organization 1000 shillings is working to highlight and showcase  the beautiful bead work of several  Ugandan woman  at fair trade values.   This wonderful organization  was established to offer these women a platform to sell their beautiful products on the world market.  Each sale will help the artisan to build towards establishing their own local business.  This in turn will improve the life of the children and families of each woman.  These sales also will improve the local economy thereby benefiting the entire community.  With an improved local economy there is bound to more access to education/schools, improved infrastructure and more healthcare.

Ananse is the Adinkra symbol for creativity and wisdom

Ananse is the Adinkra symbol for creativity and wisdom

The beads being sold are all limited edition unique pieces of jewelry.  With this being a season of giving we all should consider purchasing gifts that can truly make an impact!!  You can learn more about the artisans, their beautiful jewelry and the great work being done at  the 1000 Shillings webpage. 

1000 Shillings

Sending beautiful Sankofa wishes to those celebrating Black History Month in the United Kingdom this month!! Peace and blessings always.

Celebrating Black History in the United Kingdom

Sankofa is the Adinkra symbol that reminds us to Return and Get what has been left behind.

Flight of Freedom!!

June 28, 2012

Source: wwwcastlescrownscottages.blogspot.com.au via Melissa on Pinterest

 

I saw this beautiful image and it made me think about what elevates my thoughts – What give me mental flights of freedom? Sometimes it is just the way the sun shines in the window…sometimes a gooood home cooked meal and sometimes it is a piece of music that sets me free. I am lifted away from the challenges of the day, moment or hour and transformed to a better state.

Prayer and meditation are able to set me free also. As I connect with The Most High God I am lifted away from the troubles of this world to better space that reminds me there is more to this existence than what is physically before me. How blessed I am to have this knowledge and be able to touch this higher space!

What do you do to find freedom? What thoughts and activities “take you away”? I would love to hear about your Visions of Freedom!!

 

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Freedom I See!

June 20, 2012

Freedom is What I see

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I am learning to live free

Living and learning all the meanings of me

As I grow and find inner peace

Stress,  anxiety all making a decrease

I’m Lookin’ inside

 And Gaining a new pride!!

 

On the path 2 find truth in MY universe

Can’t look back, gotta remove reverse

 

’cause there IS hope yes light up ahead

Finding beautiful Grace is where I am led.

Visions of Freedom

It is the beautiful visions of Freedom that will change the world!

Burmese poetry protest, October 2011. Photo: EnglishPen, Creative Commons Licensed

 

As I march onward through this Freedom Season I am reminded that the work is not done.  There are so many around the globe that continue to fight for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to advance in society.  These are things we sometimes take for granted but they are rights that many around the globe are inhibited from expressing.   We must all take time and use our freedom of expression to speak for those who can not!!  I pray that one day we will live in a world that is fair and just where Freedom reigns.  What are your visions of freedom? 

 

Adinkra symbol for Freedom, Independence

Fawohodie Adinkra symbol that represents FREEDOM

 

I encourage you to visit the English Pen website to see all the great work they are doing there to further freedom of speech. Be sure to check out their current campaigns to learn how you can support freedom of speech around the world.

 

This blog post is part of the Visions of Freedom  Blog project.  Be sure to stop by the main page and visit other blogs offering their visions of freedom

Visions of Freedom

June 13, 2012

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Visions of Freedom Blog Hop

Memorial Day, Juneteenth and Fourth of July are all American Holidays that commemorate historically significant days in our country centered around freedom. I have labeled this time of year Freedom Season because of all the celebrations and talk about freedom during this time of the year. Freedom is what our country was founded upon. This is sometimes incomprehensible because it is also the period in history that many Africans had their freedom taken.  There are so many historical dates around the globe that show what people have given to stand for freedom.  As we reflect on these amazing people and moments we can come together and share in the strength shown.  We can take the lessons learned and proceed into a future full of freedom for all persons around the world.

Over at KiaraBlu we have established a special place in celebration of “Freedom Season”. Kiarablu has partnered with Goddess Angelika to sponser a Blog Hop and ongoing conversation on twitter about Freedom. We would love to have you join the hop and conversation. What do you think Freedom looks like? What does it mean to you?

FREEDOM IS A ROAD T SHIRT
 
 
 
 
 
 
FREEDOM IS A ROAD T SHIRT by KAMAU66
 
 

 

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L is for Lumumba

April 15, 2012

 

Adinkra symbol Sankofa

Adinkra symbol Sankofa - Return & Get what you left behind

As I complete week two  for the AtoZ  Challenge I would like to talk about the great African leader Patrice Lumumba. He was the first elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo today) after working to secure independence for his country from Belgium.  Lumumba was only in office for 12 weeks before his government was overturned, he was imprisoned and executed.   The series of tumultuous events that occurred in 1960 are referred to as the Congo Crisis.  

For such a short reign as leader of a country Mr Lumumba has left a tremendous legacy.  He was known for the determination that he led with to help  his countrymen gain independence. Also his  strong belief in Pan-Africanism  did not make him an African leader supported by the American or Belgium governments of the time.  There are some questions as to whether the US played a part in the execution and further disposal of his body.

We have to wonder whether The Democratic Republic of the Congo would be a much stronger Patrice Lumumbagovernment and world player if Patrice Lumumba had been allowed to continue his unifying  work after the  fragile period during which  this country gained its independence.  Having such a strong leader dedicated to positively connecting with other independent African countries clearly seems like it would have benefited the entire continent. 

These events lead me to ponder how wise it is for any country to interfere with the government and leadership of another.  Our current global community has several instances where this is occurring.  How will this affect the future of these nations positively or negatively??   I think we all can take a lesson from history!!

Shortly before his assassination, Lumumba penned the following words in a farewell letter: ‘

The only thing we wanted for our country was the right to a decent existence, to dignity without hypocrisy, to independence without restrictions. . . .  The day will come when history will have its say.’ — Patrice Lumumba 

First Leader of Independent Ghana

Kwame Nkrumah

Today  I would like to share a beautiful  video that I came across sometime ago.  I have held onto the link with the intention to share it here but never found quite the “right” moment.  The  video below is a beautiful tribute by the singer Becca to her home country Ghana in West Africa.    As Becca sings about her positive wishes for Ghana   we are treated to a variety of images that includes  historical  events, geographical wonders and famous Ghanaians.   One of my favorite portions of the video is the opening  because it captures footage of  Ghana leader Kwame Nkrumah.  I also just love the beautiful dress that the singer wears !!  Gotta love how she hightlights her Duafe with  the Black Stars!!

One  day I hope to travel to the beautiful country of Ghana.  Have you been to the amazing country where Adinkra symbols originated?

Ghana – Becca – Ghana
This blog is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge

Part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge

Montford Point Marines design from Kiarablu

Sankofa Salute to the brave men - Montford Point Marines

Reblog: Digital Diaspora…by Kamu Ujuzi

The Montford Point Marines, like most African-American soldiers faced many enemies abroad as well as at home. The U.S Marines did not accept black recruits until 1941. Though ordered to integrate by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, black Marines were segregated into a separate unit stationed near Jacksonville, NC’s Camp Lejeune. Over 19,168 black Marines trained at Camp Montford Point from 1942-49. The Montford Point recruits weren’t allowed to enter nearby Camp Lejeune, unless accompanied by a white officer. The food, water and shelter at Montford Point were inferior to that of their white counterparts. When allowed to serve, only token or menial roles were assigned. They received assignments such as cleaning up the ash after the atomic bomb was dropped over Nagasaki, Japan. Fifty years later, the Montford Point Marines have been recognized for courage and dedication, even in the face of discrimination and intolerance. Like the Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen, they have been awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, The Congressional Medal of Honor. After a presentation ceremony, at which the surviving 200-300 alumni are expected to be present, the medal will go on permanent display at the Smithsonian.Though fifty years late, this is an honor appropriate for men who have made this country a better place for all Americans.