Welcome to the website and blog of Mwalim Daphunkee Professor: Philosopher, Writer, Poet, Speaker, Afro-Native Studies Scholar, Community Organizer, Educator and Filmmaker. Available for lectures, workshop, and master classes.
The fifth day of Kwanzaa is about Purpose: Understanding your role in the community towards the growth and continuation of the community; and understanding your importance to the community. It is human nature for people to need to feel useful and to have a reason to be. One of the central elements to a people developing self- esteem is having a sense of purpose. It is important to instill our youth with a sense of purpose and the proper values of living as a part of the collective or we allow for the negative side of finding purpose to permeate, e.g., street- gangs are largely due to a need for young people to feel a sense of purpose.