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Dr. Maulana Karenga

Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Summer Will Not Save Us: Faultlines, Battlelines, Affirmation and Resistance

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In this winter of pandemic devastation and an ice cold lack of official focus, concern and actions to address our unequal suffering and disproportionate number of deaths, there is talk of summer possibly lessening the overall impact of the virus. But even a lessening of the overall impact of the virus does not mean we will benefit equally or similarly by it. For like all the other trickle-down, “rising…

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Seeking Victory Over Two Viruses: COVID-19 and the Pathology of Oppression

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In these troubled, troubling, tragic and trying times, more than ever, we must not only be a people in itself but also a people for itself. That is to say, a people who are not only different and distinct, but also self-consciously and actively so. In other words, they must be rightfully appreciative of themselves, deeply rooted in their own culture, and constantly and confidently drawing unlimited lessons from…

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Madcapping and Conning with Trump: Feeding Americans Addiction to Illusions

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — The current and seemingly consensual wisdom is that this pandemic has exposed the fault lines of injustice and inequality in society. But it has also added in the problematic person of Trump another blow to the racist conception of Whiteness, its claims of superiority in leadership, salvational power, divine election and a perfect union. At the risk of seeming racially insensitive to White people, it…

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Meditating on the Meaning of Struggle: Valuing Our Inward and Outward Striving

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga — In reaffirmation. Those of us who still wage righteous and relentless struggle inwardly and outwardly to live a liberated, good and meaningful life will continuously find invaluable sources for grounding and growth in the enduringly relevant and deeply insightful sacred teachings of our ancestors found in the Odu Ifa, especially in this critical time. For it is about our natural and needed striving and struggle to…

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Bringing Forth the Fire Within Us: Weathering the Worst of Winters

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — To meet any and every challenge in life, we must anchor and equip ourselves, holding firmly to that which endures in the midst of that which is overthrown and passes away, and self-consciously and constantly preparing and provisioning ourselves for dealing with that which we must confront and achieve, resolve or overcome. We are now confronted with a very deadly, disruptive and destructive pandemic caused…

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The Ethics of Healthcare: Essential Kawaida Considerations

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In this time of pandemic, panic, hoarding and conversations about health and well-being that we are forced to have, I offer these thoughts again for mindful consideration. For it reaffirms the comprehensive meaning of health which has to do with the physical, psychological, spiritual and material well-being of all, especially self-consciously including the vulnerable. And it reminds us that if our people, society and the…

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Social Solidarity In Spite of Social Distancing: Keeping Our Closeness in Critical Times

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga — There is no real or rational denying of the damage and disruption the coronavirus has done and is continuously doing to our lives and livelihoods, our health and happiness, our meetings and modes of education, our public and private events, travel, and the economy. This deadly and disabling virus has also impacted our family gatherings and visits to each other’s homes and to each other in…

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Grounding and Centering Ourselves: Chosen to Bring Good in the World

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Meditation for March and the whole year. Sometimes it is good to stop in the midst of the hustle and bustle of every day and sit down and remember and reflect on people we’ve known and know; places we’ve been and are in now; positions we’ve taken and take now; where we’ve come from and are going; and what we’ve done and want to keep…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Lifting and Holding Up Heaven: Women’s and Men’s Work in the World

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — It is a fundamental tenet of Kawaida philosophy that practice proves and makes possible everything, that is to say, practice brings it into being, makes it real, relevant and worthy of the name and quality it claims, whether it is love or life, parenting or peace, teaching or learning, art or ethics, science, religion or righteous resistance. And so, in this month of March which…

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Malcolm X, March 26,1964

Tambiko For Min. Malcolm: His Jihad, Awesome Sacrifice and Continuing Powerful Presence

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — This is tambiko for Min. Malcolm X, an offering of words and water in reverent remembrance of his legacy-rich life, his jihad of righteous self-raising and liberational struggle, his awesome sacrifice and his continuing powerful presence in the interest and advancement of African and human good in the world. The Day of Malcolm’s sacrifice and martyrdom, February 21, 1965, has been since 1966, a sacred…

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