Building The Nation
The Kiyama Nation is comprised of five components
- The basic unit of the Kiyama Nation is the INDIVIDUAL. The role of the individual is to embrace the Kiyama Principles; read and develop a basic understanding of the “Five Steps” and the “Broken Circle.”
- Equipped with such knowledge the individual is charged with pursuing the goals of self and collective improvement in a manner consistent with this understanding.
- As a means of confirming one’s commitment each individual who chooses to embrace the Kiyama Principles must ratify their commitment by taking a pledge known as “The Kiyama Pledge.”
- Those individuals who make this commitment to the Kiyama Nation should seek out others who have made the same commitment and form a “Kiyama Circle.” Each member of the “Circle” should create a personal Cabinet.
THE KIYAMA CIRCLE
- The Kiyama Circle (“the circle”) should be comprised of 3-7 individuals who have made a commitment to embrace the Kiyama Principles.
- The primary purpose of the circle is to assist the individual in striving for both self and collective improvement. Individuals who have not committed to the goal of self-improvement should be prohibited from becoming a member of any Kiyama Circle.
- Given the purpose mentioned above, it is strongly advised that the members of a given circle have an existing bond of friendship/solidarity founded on mutual trust and respect which invites constructive criticism and honest dialogue.
- It is also advised that when creating or expanding a circle, members seek out individuals who have demonstrated a propensity for making good decisions within one’s personal life. Having good decision makers within one’s circle will go a long way in helping other members attain the goals of self and collective improvement.
- There is no hierarchy or governing structure within the circle. The circle operates under the premise that each individual within its core will at some point be in need of guidance while in pursuit of self-improvement.
- The circle does not require formal meetings or assemblies. As stated previously, the purpose of the circle is to assist its members in the pursuit of self and collective improvement.
- Members of a given circle are of course encouraged to host events or participate in activities that are consistent with the goals of the Kiyama Movement.
- Those individuals within a given circle who (for whatever reason) fall short of their commitment must be challenged to recommit or as a last alternative be removed by a consensus of the other members of the circle.
- Each member of a given circle must take The Kiyama Pledge. This can be done individually, as a unit or as part of a larger gathering of individuals.
- Members of a given circle may commit to serving as members of other circles as long as the individual can contribute equally to each circle. When an individual belongs to two or more circles it creates “interlocking” circles.
- While Kiyama places an emphasis on the development of the black male, females may be part of a circle.
- Females may also create their own circle
- Every member of a circle must create his/her own CABINET.
THE KIYAMA FAMILY
The Kiyama Family or “the family” is an entity made up of three or more interlocking circles. The family consists of all members associated with the respective interlocking circles. The family unit exists to strengthen the role of each circle that makes up its foundation. Thus, the family should serve as a resource link for its members.
Given the many interlocking circles that may be formed the family unit can be quite extensive. Thus, it is not expected for members of a given family to know each and every member of its respective family. Those who take The Kiyama Pledge should accept all adherents to the Kiyama doctrine as members of Kiyama’s “extended family” or The Kiyama Community until proven otherwise.
THE KIYAMA COMMUNITY
The Kiyama Community or “the community” consists of all Kiyama units (individual, circle, family) of a given locale (city, town, state, campus, etc.). This community may be vast or small.
The community should be one that promotes the Kiyama doctrine (Kiyama Principles and “The Five Steps”) and cultivates the Kiyama spirit (the will to attain the goals of self and collective improvement).
The community must be free of all competing interest that hampers the growth and development of the individual/citizen and the Kiyama Nation. Thus, the sanctity of the community must never be violated or sacrificed.
THE KIYAMA NATION
The Kiyama Nation or “The Nation” unites all Kiyama communities wherever they may exist in the world. There is only one Nation and it is abstract in nature, yet its power is derived from the growth and development of the Kiyama communities that make up its dominion. Thus, it is essential that individuals within each Kiyama community not only promote the growth and development of the immediate Kiyama community but take an interest in the growth and development of Kiyama communities throughout the Diaspora.