The word uhuru is Swahili for "freedom". A brief notice in the Quilters Newsletter Magazine prompted Carol Williams to write to Barbara Pietila of Baltimore, MD, founder of the National Association of African American Quilters (now defunct) for the names of other NAAAQ members in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Carol invited them to form a chapter in the Washington, DC area. Uhuru is the result of that invitation. Uhuru's first meeting was held the third Saturday in March 1994 at the Oxon Hill Library in Oxon Hill, MD. The founding members were Carol Williams, Constance Tucker, Bennie Mann, Melody Boyd, Cynthia Catlin, Jeanette Cumberbatch, Barbara Brown, Paula Sherman, Marie Banks, Jennifer Morris, and Mazie Hines.
Uhuru Quilters Guild is a community of kindred souls who enjoy each other's fiber art. We are a home for creative spirits – a circle of friends who treasure each other as a precious gift and provide support and encouragement in whatever life brings. Each meeting includes show and tell, door prizes, workshops, and lively discussions of issues relevant to the quilt world in general, and Uhuru in particular. All are welcome, as we have members of all quilting levels. Come, share, learn, enjoy!