The word Ujima ("oo-JEE-mah) is a  Ki (ky) Swahili word that 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" - which is exactly what this project...this movement... is all about.

Project Ujima

is a new way for our community to discuss issues or ideas
to improve our community, decide together what we want to
do and then together go from Talk to Action.


Upcoming Schedule of Events

Schedule Updated Monthly

Wednesday, April 2

Education and Employment ReACTeam Meeting, Buchtel CLC, 1040 Copley Road, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Add your voice to the taskforces, as we bring Culturally Relevant Career and Vocational Education, College Readiness Programming Services to serve and benefit the Buchtel community.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Project Ujima/Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program for Buchtel 7thGraders. Mentoring sessions will be every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Buchtel CLC.  For more information, contact Crystal Jones at (330) 434-7988 or


Saturday, April 5 2014

Wellness Taskforce Event Centenary United Methodist Church, 1310 Superior Ave. 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration: 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.)  Fitness Activity: Zumba (10:00 to 11:00 a.m.), Presented by Carmen Robertson, Zumba Party with Carmen Robertson.

Health Education and Discussion: Mental Health (11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Presented by Dr. John E. Queener, The University of Akron, Department of Counseling, and Psychologist with the Minority Behavioral Health Group.


Monday, April 7 2014

“Hidden Colors”, the documentary, presented by Knowledge of Self and African Centered Book Study Combined Taskforces, Crouse CLC, 1000 Diagonal Road, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Part III,  ReCap of “The Hidden Colors of the Moors, Pre-Columbian America and the Founding of the United States” ~ Discussion led by John Dadisi Fuller and Debra Calhoun.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Healthy Quality of Life and Community Communications ReACTeam Meeting at Schumacher CLC, 1020 Hartford Avenue,  , 6:00-8:00 p.m.  You Are Invited! Come and learn about opportunities to create community vegetable gardens within the Buchtel Community. Speakers: Veronica Sims & Gina Shaw from the Healthy Food - Healthy Families Initiative, Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.  


Monday,  April 21, 2014

Community Book Discussion of “Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority,” presented by the African American Read-In Taskforce, Crouse CLC, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Chapter 12 “Yes, We Must!  Healing from the Inside Out”.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Project Ujima Governing Body Monthly Meeting, Crouse CLC, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Financial Literacy and Economic Planning ReACTeam Meeting at Helen Arnold CLC, 450 V. Odom Blvd., 6:00-8:00 p.m. 


Project Ujima does not look to others to solve our problems or know what we, as a community, want and need. Instead, we believe we have the abilities right here in our own community to know and do what
is best for us. While we might need some outside assistance here and there, we can strengthen our community if we are willing to talk honestly about our issues, hopes, and dreams and then work together
to achieve what we set out to do.
Project Ujima provides a discussion process (called deliberation) and space at our new Community Learning Centers (formerly called schools) for us to come together to talk, decide what actions we would like to take together to solve problems and strengthen our community and then go from Talk to Action. People from our own community who have received training to moderate this work, facilitate the discussions and work.