The black candle is lit.
The principle of Umoja (Unity) teaches us to act always in ways that reinforce the bonds between us, in ways that brings us closer in mutually beneficial relations based on our being of each other, with each other and for each other. It urges us to hold our relationships together under the stress and strain of daily life, as family and friends, co-workers, allies in struggle, and members of the local, national and global African community. And the principle of unity teaches us also to feel a sense of oneness with and responsibility to each other, humanity and the world. It calls on us to think deeply and meaningfully about the interrelatedness of life on which our existence and development as a people, species and world depend and to act accordingly. Indeed, one of the greatest challenges of our time is to build communities, societies and a world whose principles and daily practices respect, sustain and enrich life, rather than disrespect, diminish and destroy it.