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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

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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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Defeating HIV / AIDS: The Perpetual Achievement of the Impossible

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

As we marked this National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we could not avoid noticing that the issue of HIV/AIDS has become less urgent on the country’s agenda, that one of the once most vocal and active racial groups now has sufficient government monies, medicines and means to move on to advocate for other things, while real and potential Black victims are left to fend for themselves and make do or die on the remaining meager resources. For this is the way power and race work in this country and the world, in spite of self-deluding post-racial prattle and misconceptions about negotiation instead of struggle, and transactional trade without the power of an engaged people.

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dialoging With DuBois On History: Preserving Memory, Maintaining Culture

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

“>The relevance of Black History Month is not determined by our debatable changed or changing position in American society, nor by unfounded assumptions that diversity is divisive, and that in the interest of unity we must sacrifice or forego our own unique cultural contribution to how this society is reconceived and reconstructed.

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