IMANI — FAITH: To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders.
The seventh principle is belief in ourselves as individuals and as a people. Further, it is a commitment to the development of the family and the national African American community. African America’s goal of freedom rests significantly on our belief in our own ability and right to control our own destiny. Without Imani (faith), there is no possibility of victory.
The Imani principle teaches us to have confidence in ourselves, parents, teachers and leaders and community. Mary McLeod Bethune, noted educator and ambassador says: “Without faith nothing is possible; with faith nothing is impossible. Faith empowers us to see beyond the immediate.
• Start with yourself- Faith as the key motivator, in particular during times of crisis and adversity. Keeping the faith, however, means doing “work”. Faith without work is simply as abstract thought. Faith express through work becomes the motivating force which causes us to keep pushing on when there is no evidence of the anticipated outcome. Practice being more hopeful and record your practice in your journal. Happy Kwanzaa!