MotherTongues: Wear Words, Celebrate Cultures

about words, languages, cultures, travel

Ubuntu – I am what I am, because we are September 29, 2017

Filed under: Languages,Ubuntu in the news,Untranslatable words — Michelle @ 9:00 am
Tags: , ,

21232106_10155500477170856_6814287402100666667_n

I’ve written about Ubuntu before, many, many, many times. It is such a powerful word, that describes an important piece of African culture so beautifully. So when a customer sent me this photo, of her tattoo in the exact same font as the MotherTongues t-shirt, I just had to share it! Please send me your photos: I’d love to see where MotherTongues t-shirts (or tattoos) have traveled!

Advertisements
 

Mandela Day: what will you do? June 9, 2011

Wikipedia image: Nelson MandelaJuly 18 is Nelson Mandela’s birthday. He will be 93 this year. A couple of years ago, the United Nations adopted the day as an annual Mandela Day. But it is more than a celebration of Madiba’s (his Xhosa clan name and how he is affectionately known in South Africa) life and legacy. Mandela Day asks us all to embrace Madiba’s values and honor his legacy through an act of kindness. How?

Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life to the struggle for social justice: serving his community, his country, and the world at large. Mandela Day asks us to donate 67 minutes of time to doing something good, in a small gesture of solidarity with humanity. Can you spare 67 minutes of your life on July 18 to support a charity or serve your local community?

Last year, my mom’s retirement community in South Africa got together on Mandela Day to knit dolls for kids living in poverty. That’s when I realized the influence Madiba had on our country. If the generation who put him behind bars for 27 years, could now serve their communities as an act of honoring Mandela, we’ve come a long way.

Now go do something good. *

* You can find some ideas of what to do, here on the Mandela Day website.

“It is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity. It is in your hands.” – NELSON MANDELA

 

Ubuntu at the World Cup July 16, 2010

Filed under: Ubuntu in the news — Michelle @ 9:31 pm
Tags: , , , ,

Shari Cohen recently wrote 3 blog posts in the Huffington Post about Ubuntu and her time in South Africa during the Soccer World Cup. In the first one she writes about all the money spent on the new stadiums, and wonders whether it could have been put to better use. Or at least FIFA could have helped with some of the social problems in South Africa.

The 2nd one was very positive about her experience of Ubuntu in South Africa, and was mailed around by South Africans everywhere, and even reprinted in South African newspapers. We South Africans love positive news about our country, probably because there aren’t good news so often… It has been 5 years since I designed my best selling MotherTongues t-shirt, the Ubuntu: I am because we are T-shirt. I love the African concept, even if I know it isn’t true for all South Africans, but I believe it is a beautiful community value to strive towards, doesn’t matter where in the world you live.

So I was glad to read Shari’s third blog today, about what is next for South Africa, after the tourists and the soccer players left. I’ll forever be hopeful that South Africans (and I’m including myself, even though I’ve lived in the USA for the past 15 years) can come together and make a change for the better – even if it is only in your own community. Because that is where change starts.

Thanks Shari, for highlighting Ubuntu – the good and the bad – and for letting South Africans feel good about ourselves, but also making us think about what to do next.

 

 
%d bloggers like this: