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In His Book, Where Do We Go From Here…Martin Luther King Calls For ‘A Revolution of Values’…

Ubuntu, Pan-Africanism in the 21st Century Offers An African Value System That Means, ‘I Am Because You Are’, ‘I Am Who I Am Because Of Who You Are’

Ubuntu…A Revolution of Values

Af Conf

Through out the continent it’s expressed slightly differently but throughout the continent, it mean virtually the same thing…the cultural unity of Africa…the cultural unity of all people of color because it used to be the same ethos of African Americans before desegregation…’back in the day’…

  • ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’

  • “humanity towards others”

  • “A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”

  • “A person ‘becomes human’ through other persons,

  • I am what I am because of who we all are.”

 Archbishop Desmond Tutu famously described ubuntu as meaning ‘My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours.'”

Pan-Africanism offers a radical ‘revolution of values’ as advocated my Martin.

Ubuntu is a philosophy of unity, justice, and pride and it’s a widely practiced concept through out Africa…a continent of 54 countries.

And, though African Americans may not have heard of it, it’s not new…it’s the ancient philosophy of ‘humanness’.