CEO Letter – January 2024

Chris Chatmon fist up

Happy New Year! As we step into the promise of a new beginning, it is with gratitude and reflection that we acknowledge the rich soil of our community and the seeds we plant for the growth of ourselves and our children.

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose legacy stands as a testament to the transformative power of love and nonviolent protest, we are reminded that even in the face of adversity, our community has the strength to rise. Dr. King, alongside countless others, reshaped America through principles anchored in love, humanity, and respect for the Black community. Their efforts, their sacrifices, and their commitment to justice continues to illuminate the path we walk today.

As we embark on this new year, let us remember that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Our ancestors, who achieved great feats with far fewer resources, have paved the way for us to cultivate a healthy and loving culture. It is in this recognition that we find the power to shape our destiny and empower our communities.

Our journey begins with the principles of Nguzo Saba, the seven pillars of Kwanzaa that guide our holistic development:

Umoja / Unity:
Let us stand as a united force, recognizing that our strength lies in our togetherness. Together, we create a community where every voice is not just heard but cherished.

Kujichagulia / Self-determination:
May the flame of self-determination burn brightly within each of us, propelling us to carve our destinies with unwavering resolve and purpose.

Ujima / Collective Responsibility:
In understanding that our fates are intertwined, let us embrace the call of collective responsibility. The prosperity of one echoes through the prosperity of all.

Ujamaa / Cooperative Economics:
Together, we thrive. Through collaboration, support, and economic empowerment, we uplift one another, knowing that our shared success is the truest measure of our community’s wealth.

Nia / Purpose:
With intentionality and direction, let us infuse our actions with purpose. Grounded in our mission to uplift and inspire, we pave the way for future generations.

Kuumba / Creativity
Embrace the gift of creativity, the force that propels us to adapt, evolve, and envision innovative solutions to the challenges before us.

Imani / Faith:
On the bedrock of faith, let us stand strong. Guided by our beliefs, we navigate adversity with hope and resilience in our hearts and souls.

As we navigate the terrain of this new year, let our hearts be filled with gratitude, our minds with introspection, and our actions with the spirit of giving. In unity and purpose, let us continue to sow the seeds of empowerment, growth, and love within our community. Open to more for 2024.

In the Spirit,
Chris Chatmon

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