UMOJA (Unity) Kwanzaa - Principle 1UMOJA (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

In so many ways, this has been the first year in a long time I’ve felt the embrace of true community and unity.

I NEVER expected this year and the creation of AAGSAR to be the vehicle of personal challenge, growth and learning for ME it’s proven to be.

Just when I thought I had no heart left to lend to family, genealogy or blogging, the Ancestors said otherwise. When faced with the decision of where to post Mom’s Obituary, she told me the ONLY place the announcement of her transition could live would be here, among those who’ve loved her most. It was my first post in 2 years! Mom’s way of keeping my heart open and mind busy.

Even from the other side,  Mom’s herself once again — protecting and supporting her baby girl!:)

AAGSAR was formed 10 days after Mom’s passing; an act made more from following the knowing nudge of my Ancestors, than a deliberate decision to add such a HUGE responsibility to my plate! Sounds naive I know, but I had no idea the amount of personal time, patience, tolerance and discipline creating AAGSAR would require of me.

Introducing a new research model to our existing research community has been VERY challenging, but it’s also been rejuvenating, inspiring, uplifting and purpose fortifying too!:)

I have no shame saying, though I had little idea of what I was stepping into with AAGSAR, I’m very thankful that I stepped! AAGSAR was and is a PUT-UP or SHUT-UP moment that’s making me a stronger researcher and better human-being daily.

As one of my AAGSAR Wisdom Muses shared this morning…

“It is so wonderful having more and more African American genealogy blogs out there. We have so many different stories to tell and the reality is so much more complex, interesting and beautiful than the stereotype so often passed off as our history. Loving it!”Kristin CLEAGE of Finding Eliza

This just might be my FIRST Kwanzaa when UMOJA (Unity) isn’t only what I say, it’s what I believe and am vesting in 100%.

Thank you Mama, my Sisters, my Charlotte family and AAGSAR Community! Today my soul is BLESSED!:)


“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African Proverb #UMOJA