Our mission

PURPOSE

The mission of Bridge-Pamoja is to close the relational divide between the African Diaspora and the African community by working together to build a bridge through educating and empowering one another for a stronger community.

pamoja meaning:SWAHILI WORD FOR “TOGETHER. TOGETHERNESS, ONENESS” 

The power of ubuntu

There is a word in South Africa – Ubuntu – a word that captures Mandela’s greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.

 

There is a Zulu proverb called Ubuntu that says: “I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu explained it this way: “One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu — the essence of being human.

OBJECTIVES

Healing
Divisions

Bridge-Pamoja brings members from diverse Black communities together, from an intersectionality of ages, genders, faiths, and social backgrounds – to explore and dismantle the root causes of our divisions.

Building Resilience

In addition to the remarkable resilience we have had to develop over centuries of oppression, individuals representing the African Diaspora and Africa have tremendous capacity for understanding, empathy, and growth.

By coming together around the many issues that unite our communities, and rejecting false divisions, Bridge-Pamoja seeks to create lasting change; healing old wounds and elevating our voices in unison.

Our Declaration

Having acknowledged our common heritage, shared experiences, challenges, and unique contribution to the world;

 

Having acknowledged misconceptions and stereotypes we have toward each other;

 

Having affirmed our core values, the essence and importance of bridging the relational divide existing between us as one people;

We hereby declare and affirm the following: