Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
This program is free with general admission.
Join us for a meaningful conversation exploring the principles of Ubuntu and how they are connected with the Underground Railroad era and current-day with Dr. Robin Martin, author of Navigating Courage.
The philosophy of Ubuntu derives from a Nguni word, ubuntu meaning “the quality of being human.” Ubuntu manifests itself through various human acts, clearly visible in social, political, and economic situations, as well as among family. According to sociolinguist Buntu Mfenyana, it “runs through the veins of all Africans, is embodied in the oft-repeated: “Ubuntu ngumtu ngabanye abantu” (“A person is a person through other people”). This African proverb reveals a worldview that we owe our selfhood to others, that we are first and foremost social beings, that, if you will, no man/woman is an island, or as the African would have it, “One finger cannot pick up a grain.” Ubuntu is, at the same time, a deeply personal philosophy that calls on us to mirror our humanity for one another.
Dr. Martin infuses more than two decades of research and practical experiences to guide leaders on an essential journey to move beyond the limited theoretical paradigm of leadership, exploring a fresh way of conceptualizing the indigenous African philosophy Ubuntu --- "I am because you are, and you are because I am." This conversation is designed to broaden the traditional view of leadership, address the importance of incorporating cultural, spiritual, and humanistic traits of leading, and more importantly, discuss what it takes - individually and collectively to enact authentic inclusive leadership practices.