Ujamaa means cooperative economics in Kiswahili, and it is one of the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles of Blackness). Ujamaa encourages Black people to build our own businesses, shops and stores as a means to control and share the economics with our community.
At Kujichagulia Press, we embrace the principle of Ujamaa in the following ways:
We donate a portion of the proceeds from our book sales to efforts that culturally uplift Black children and families.
We support other Black businesses and entrepreneurs as a part of our regular business and family practices. We would like to say Asante Sana (Thank you very much) to the following Black businesses and entrepreneurs for working with us. We encourage you to support them as well:
Eloy Claudio, Illustrator
Nadirah Angail, Editor
Kwasi Akwamu, Unique Banners and Signs
A special Asante (thanks) to Mr. Paul Coates of Black Classic Press for educating us on how to get our books printed. Though we had originally planned to use Black Classic Press to print our books, in the interest of profit, Mr. Coates strongly advised that we go with another company that could provide a better rate. Not only did he display Ujamma, but Ujima (collective work and responsibility) as well.
We are proud to say that the majority of the people we work with and spend money to produce our products are Black!