Welcome to Project Ujima!

Project Ujima is a grassroots community engagement organization that teaches and facilitates Discussion Circle processes that enable diverse citizens to come together, discuss issues of shared concern, develop relationships of trust, discover common ground, and go from talk to action.

Our organization is named after the third principle of Kwanzaa, which means “Collective Work and Responsibility: To build and maintain our community together and to make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.”

Project Ujima focuses on fostering the conditions that lead to citizens discovering their own efficacy and capacity to work together to strengthen the community. In addition to providing Circle processes, we provide logistical support to assist with implementation of actions that are agreed upon by Circle participants.*

*While our Discussion Circle processes and facilitator training are available to the community-at-large, our primary area of service is Akron’s Buchtel Community, located on the City’s west side.

Project Ujima, Inc. provides trained facilitators to lead race dialogues for groups and organizations, using the Issue Guide, “Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation”, published by Everyday Democracy. Project Ujima is an anchor partner with Everyday Democracy, a national organization committed to helping local communities foster civic engagement through an equity lens.

Project Ujima can provide moderator training to your organization, association or group.

The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature.

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