1. This blog serves as an ongoing call to Black independent racial and social justice thought and action (agency) under the umbrella (Umbra) of Reformation African Descent Lutheran Mission Church Chicago’s/ELCA/ African American Cultural Center.
2. SEVEN HARAMBEE (pronounced HAHR-RAHM-BAY) also seeks to serve as Reformation’s Alliance of Black Metropolis Clergy & Labor Forum-Chicago.
3. More, SEVEN HARAMBEE (7H) is modeled on and seeks to collaborate with the inspirational Metro Los Angeles California Black Scholar/Activism force that is that City of Angels’ BLACK COMMUNITY CLERGY AND LABOR ALLIANCE (BCCLA)” says Pastor Washington (Sangoma) -whose historic Metro Chicago Synod Black Lutheran Church once served as ‘Young Barack Obama’s organizing sanctuary.’
4. “They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 7H has it in abundance.” says Pastor Washington (Sangoma). “We not only seek to found a Chicago complement to Black Los Angeles’ BCCLA but further seek to fellowship, via Reformation’s own African American Cultural Center, with the sacred space at which BCCLA regularly gathers i.e., the African American Cultural Center (Us) of Los Angeles” says Pastor Washington (Sangoma).
5. The above said, 7H seeks to launch, during the early Fall 2018 Semester, its first public ministry offering with a Skype-based in-depth interview of Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor & Chair of Africana Studies, California State University, Long Beach & Executive Director of the African American Cultural Center (Us)-LA. More, the 7H initiative seeks to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 National Conference on Black Power held at North Philadelphia’s African American communitiy’s Episcopal Church of the Advocate.
6. “Although 1968 is marked as a pivotal year for the 1960s U.S. counter cultural movement -that included dissent inside and outside the 1968 Democratic Party National Convention in Chicago, the Anti Vietnam War Movement, and the Civil Rights /Black Power Thrusts-both out of the 1960s Black Freedom Movement- the established order media (inclusive of the progressive press) all too often tends to ‘White Out’ (redact, overlook) the landmark 1968 Black Power Conference in Philadelphia” observes Pastor Washington (Sangoma).
7. “7H’s planned Philadelphia Black Power Conference 50th anniversary in-depth interview/forum with Dr. Karenga (the leading 1968 Black Power Conference theoretician then and today still the leading Kawaida African-Centered Philosophy voice) is offered as a social corrective contribution” adds Pastor Washington.
8. 7H is seeking to locate its planned event in the City’s South Side Hyde Park neighborhood, preferably at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago (LSTC) or at McCormack Theological Seminary. 7H is also looking to schedule its first public ministry event during the latter part of September 2018. To do so, 7H seeks the help of various structures within and around both the LSTC and McCormack -such as the Chicago Faith-Based Organizers Guild (CFBOG), in which 7H, via Pastor Washington (Sangoma), seeks to actively participate. CFBOG, BTW, was founded at LSTC.
9. 7H also seeks collaborative support for its planned inaugural discussion forum from other concerned racial and social justice forces inside and outside both seminary communities.
10. NOTE: SEVEN HARAMBEE is the Kawaida (Tradition & Reason) philosophy’s closing and sending meeting practice. Kawaida philosophy is founded and advanced by Dr. Maulana Karenga, leading scholar of African-Centered Thought and path-breaking ethicist nationally and internationally. The SEVEN HARAMBEE closing and sending practice uses the Swahili language’s traditional exhortation (Harambee!) -meaning “let’s all pull together.”
11. The number SEVEN is for each of the principles of the NGUZO SABA (Seven Principles) broadly introduced, via the Pan African Cultural Holiday Kwanzaa and Nguzo Saba into the Black Freedom Movement, by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Creator of both.
12. The SEVEN HARAMBEE practice is a raised and pulled-down 1960s Black Power Movement fist seven times for each of the Seven Principles which their author, Dr. Maulana Karenga, posits as “the moral minimum views and values Black people need to rescue and reconstruct their history and humanity in their own image and interests.”
13. The Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles) are: (first in Swahili then in English) UMOJA-UNITY; KUJICHAGULIA-SELF-DETERMINATION; UJIMA-COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY; UJAMAA-COOPERTIVE ECONOMICS; NIA-PURPOSE; KUUMBA-CREATIVITY; & IMANI-FAITH.
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Respectfully Submitted: Rev. Joel Washington (Khunanpu Sangoma), Pastor of Reformation African Descent Lutheran Mission Church Chicago/ELCA (“Young Barack Obama’s organizing sanctuary & Elim Swedish Lutheran Conservator”), for 7H, and Reformation’s AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER -the latter join-able at: