December 18, 2019

“…Kujichagulia: self-determination …” 


As we wrap up another successful semester (yes, we call it successful if we complete the semester) our thoughts quickly turn to holiday preparations, celebrations, time-off, family, friends, food, and for some of us, football (Geaux Tigers).  It is the season of giving and the season of reflection.  My immediate thoughts turn to the wonderful reality of having five black reinging pageant queens: Miss Teen, Miss USA, Miss America, Miss Universe, and Miss World!  #BlackGirlMagic is on and poppin!

This profound demonstration of black excellence also reminds us of the power of us; the power of Kujichagulia!  This holiday season, in addition to religious/spiritual celebrations, many of us will also celebrate the traditions of Kwanzaa.  When we do, we are reminded of our greatness, of our strength, of our togetherness.  Surely the external narratives often tell a different story.  But the truth is clear and it is becoming clearer every day.  Enjoy your break and happiest and holiest of holidays to all.

KWANZAA Nguzu Saba Principles:

  • Umoja (Unity): maintaining unity as a family, community and race of people.

  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): defining, naming and creating and speaking for ourselves.

  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): building and maintaining our community--solving problems together.

  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): building and maintaining retail stores and other businesses and to profit from these ventures.

  • Nia (Purpose): work collectively to build communities that will restore the greatness of African people.

  • Kuumba (Creativity): to find new, innovative ways to leave communities of African descent in more beautiful and beneficial ways than the community inherited.

  • Imani (Faith): the belief in God, family, heritage, leaders and others that will leave to the victory of Africans around the world.


Continue to do good work,


  • AABHE 2020 National Conference Registration is NOW OPEN!!  Click here to register online now!

  • Check out the International Study Tour to Ethiopia and Dubai

  • AABHE cordially invites all members who register for our 2020 National Conference, in Charleston, SC, to promote and celebrate their book(s) during the Conference.  Join us for the AABHE Book Expo and Signing Friday, March 20, 2020.   Contact Dr. West at

  • AABHE invites your institution to participate in our Annual National College Fair. The goal of the fair is to introduce high school students in the Charleston area to higher education opportunities, as well as offer our undergraduate and professional attendees an opportunity to explore graduate degree options. Last year's fair held in Indianapolis featured 21 colleges from around the country! This year's fair will take place Thursday, March 19th, 2020 starting at 3 pm. Cost to register for the event is $100 per table. We would love for your institution to be a part of the AABHE 2020 
    College Fair.  For more info, please contact Dr. Wade at

“It’s all about the students”,

Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr
Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr.
President, AABHE

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