Collective Work & Responsibility

In times when our realities and responsibilities feel heavy, Lorna C. Hill has the best advice to give: “We don’t have a single problem that we can’t solve.”

Nicknamed “The First Lady of Buffalo theatre,” Lorna is the founder and artistic director of Ujima Company, Inc and has been transforming the city of Buffalo, New York through theater for decades. Derived from the Swahili word ujima meaning “collective work and responsibility,” Lorna founded Ujima Company, Inc in 1978 to “use theatre as a tool that addresses how the arts shape and reflect our lives; how they participate in civic conversations; and how they serve as a vehicle for social change.” Since then, Ujima and Lorna have become beacons of creative community organizing for people across the city of Buffalo.

Watch what happened when we went to Buffalo to surprise Lorna for being such an inspiration to her community.

Although Lorna’s work is in theater, her connections to clean energy are strong. In late 2017, the Ujima Company  will move into a solar-powered facility at an abandoned school. School 77 is currently being sustainably redeveloped on the west side of Buffalo, thanks to great campaigning by our local partner, PUSH Buffalo.

From what we learned from the people who adore her, Lorna embodies what it means to give their 100% and make 100% solutions happen.