From a very young age, I was always fascinated with cultures that were different from mine and I could never understand why people rejected others from different cultures, races, ethnicities or beliefs. Living in an environment where I have been in the minority both during my formative years and as an adult, I have become very aware of my individuality and Black female identity. And as a Black woman, I feel the need and the obligation to raise awareness that differences should be embraced and treasured, not rejected. Through Kulea Culture Society, I was able to reach out to like-minded individuals to respond to the need for organized action to fight against discrimination through education, training and events to work together for inclusion, equity and belonging in a peaceful world.
Kulea means to nurture and care in Swahili. This reflects Kulea Culture Society’s approach of nurturing people and cultures by welcoming them into our communities and creating a sense of belonging. Our work is focused on developing better understanding and acceptance through training and events that celebrate our different cultures.
Please join us as a partner, volunteer or participant. All are welcome!
Silvia Mangue Alene