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I am because we are

(oo-boon-too) n. Zulu or Xhosa word, a traditional African belief.
Ubuntu is a term for humaneness, for caring, sharing and being in harmony with all of creation.
“Africans have a thing called ubuntu. It is about the essence of being human, it is part of the gift that Africa will give the world. It embraces hospitality, caring about others, being willing to go the extra mile for the sake of another. We believe that a person is a person through other persons, that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours. When I dehumanize you, I inexorably dehumanize myself. The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms. Therefore you seek to work for the common good because your humanity comes into its own in community, in belonging.”
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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The MotherTongues Ubuntu t-shirt is available in black: unisex and women's cut and long sleeve. All water-based inks on 100% organic Fair Trade Certified t-shirts.

$1 of the sale price of every Ubuntu t-shirt or hoodie will be donated to the Center For Women in Transition: helping women and children deal with significant life challenges.

A few hoodies are still available in black for men, and celery green or black for women. Also check out the knee high Ubuntu socks, made in the USA by a fellow Michigan company, Maggie's Organics.

Watch this amazing 8 minute video describing Ubuntu from Global Oneness Project - we've never heard Ubuntu described so beautifully. Read more about Ubuntu on the Wikipedia site. This is the same concept used to name Ubuntu, the Linux operating system, which is funded by the software company of Mark Shuttleworth, a fellow South African. The Boston Celtics has used it to spur them on to great success. We hope this helps spread the amazing message of Ubuntu further: I am because we are.

Listen to what Pres. Bill Clinton said about Ubuntu, from the NPR website.

We are human beings only within humanity - Karl Rahner

Ubuntu - South Africa


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