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Dr. Maulana Karenga

Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Remembering the 1992 L.A. Revolt: A Calculated Cautiousness

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

If the possession and pursuit of money can change even the focus of faith from social justice to personal prosperity, we cannot wonder how concerns about funding and maintaining favor can contribute to redefining, not only the memories and meanings of the 1992 Los Angeles Revolt, but also those of our history and struggle, and even of our being Black.

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Repairing and Remaking the World: An Environmental Vision of Justice

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

As Earth Day approaches this year, it provides an important opportunity to focus on critical environmental issues in a post-Katrina era of devastating storms and flooding, increasingly disastrous climate change, continuing toxic contamination of land, water and air, the ravaging of rain forests, the racist sacrificing of the health and well-being of unfavored peoples…

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King and Our Moral Mission: Transforming Ourselves and the World

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

There is an unlimited library of lessons in the lives and teachings of our ancestors, those who, as Seba Ptahhotep says in the Husia, “listened to the Divine”, spoke truth, did justice, and worked tirelessly to secure the well-being of our people and the world. So it is with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., awesome preacher, prophet and dream weaver whose martyrdom and sacrifice we commemorate this month.

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Hearing Thunder with Harriet Tubman: Reaping the Harvests of History

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

To talk of Harriet Tubman is to speak of one of those special persons who serve as sacred sources and cultural anchors of our expansive self-understanding and whose lives are the precious and heavy metal and material out of which history and hope are hammered. In this month of remembrance and special honor of our foremothers, Black History Month II—Women Focus, let us pay rightful hommage to her on March 10, her Day of Remembrance set aside by our shared home state of Maryland.

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Celebrating Black Women’s History: Achievements, Strengths and Struggles

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

As we mark this year’s Black History Month II: Women Focus, we will again pay rightful homage to the pioneers, heroines, and way-makers who made ways out of no- way, who opened up ways for so many others, breaking down barriers, crossing boundaries, creating and increasing opportunities for women and girls, and others marginalized and excluded, and making great sacrifices and strides in the service of women, our people and humankind.

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Black History, Red Tails & Tuskegee: Critical Conversations ‘Bout Ourselves

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

No matter what we think, say or write about the movie Red Tails, about its message, meaning, worthiness or weight, the discussion is ultimately and unavoidably about us, about how we perceive and understand ourselves, what we accept as real and rightful representations of us, and how we read and relate to the historical and current lived experience and initiatives of our lives in the context of both oppression and “constrained freedom.”

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