Kuumba Kids – UJAMAA Spoken Word (Video Download) Run time 2 minutes
Adorable and powerful revolutionary spoken word piece on Ujamaa, cooperative economics, and buying Black. Written and performed by the adorable brilliance of the Kuumba Kids lead by Iya Bashea. Features audio by the Kuumba Kids and a still image montage about the history and the future of Black economic empowerment.
Kuumba is an educational organization dedicated to nurturing and developing the whole child through initiatives that build a foundation for academic and social success.
How We Began
Kuumba™ was conceptualized 2008 when educators Bashea and Dr. Kwaw Imana, identified that even with many efforts to close achievement gaps in America, there were still striking academic disparities among African-Americans. Moreover, Dr. and Mrs. Imana, parents of two toddlers were frustrated over the limited educational material that promoted the rich history and culture of Africa and African-Americans. As a result, they decided to create culturally rich educational materials that fostered a love for learning and promoted critical thinking, respect for the environment, character development and creativity. They named the organization Kuumba, a Swahili word which means creativity. They chose the word Kuumba to encourage children to see everything in the world as a creation and to identify themselves as little creators who use their brilliant minds to create a better world. Together they pulled a team of dedicated parents, educators, psychologist, doctors, musicians, and artists to develop an educational organization that would greatly enhance the lives of children all over the world.
Every child is a gift to the community and when given access to quality education, resources, and support, they will realize their inner and inherit greatness, reach their highest potential, and use their knowledge to create positive change in their community and the world.
Kuumba™ is committed to ensuring that all children have access to quality education, resources, and support – giving them opportunity to reach their highest potential. Our goal is to reach millions of children, parents, educators and caregivers — locally, nationally and worldwide.