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Dr. Maulana Karenga

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Honoring August Wilson: Holding Hallowed Cultural Ground

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In the month of remembering, reading and raising up the work and life of August Wilson (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005), arguably the most successful and celebrated playwright in U.S. history, one is unavoidably impressed with his unswerving, deep-rooted love and appreciation of his people and culture as the central source of his grounding, his expansive grasp of human life and his impressive creative production. Indeed, he said of Black…

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Considering King’s Martyrdom and Message: Losing Illusions and Gaining Truth

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

Like all the great men and women who compose and construct this sacred narrative we know as our history, African history, both the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr. offer us valuable lessons on not only how we should live our lives, but also those things to which and for which we will give our lives. King’s death for us cannot be simply summed up as an assassination;…

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Righteous Resistance – Upholding the Good, Uplifting the People, Upturning the World

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

There is an increasing sense among those most thoughtful and active among us that the important issues raised and the struggle rightfully waged against the tragedy and catastrophe we call Trump, marginalizes and misses the major issues that define and drive our own righteous and relentless struggle as a people. Also, it seems that too often we find ourselves supporting groups that don’t support us in a similar manner and…

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Concerning History, Heritage and Struggle: Reaffirming and Renewing Our Vanguard Role

By | Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — If we are to know ourselves rightly, honor our history, radically improve our present and forge a future worthy of the names African and human, then we must reaffirm and renew our moral and social vanguard role as a people, wage righteous and relentless resistance to evil and injustice everywhere, and put forth in plan and practice a new history and hope for our people…

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Resolving to be African in the World: Remembrance, Meditation and Recommitment

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga The New Year, as always, no doubt found many of us joining in the larger society ritual of resolution-making which is more an expression of habit and hope than rightful reflection and steadfast resolve. Moreover, it is often essentially personal without proper linkage to the larger issues of community, society and the world. But for us as African people, there is an obligation rooted in our history…

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Remembering, Reclaiming and Resisting: A Caring Solidarity in Community and Struggle

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

As we move into the new year 6257 (2017) with the heavy white hammer of winter storms hanging menacingly over our heads, we must not despair, be dispirited or contemplate defeat. For the ancestors we honor, the history we’ve made, the struggles we’ve waged, and the promising future of freedom and justice we are obligated to achieve will not righteously let us. Indeed, regardless of the awesome effort, focus and…

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50th Anniversary Founder’s Kwanzaa Statement Kwanzaa, the Nguzo Saba and Our Constant Striving: Repairing, Renewing and Remaking the world

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50th Anniversary Founder’s Kwanzaa Statement Kwanzaa, the Nguzo Saba and Our Constant Striving: Repairing, Renewing and Remaking the world The 50th anniversary of the pan-African holiday, Kwanzaa, of necessity brings added focus and emphasis on its customary call for remembrance, reflection and recommitment. We remember our history and the legacies left and the people who made and left them for us and the world. We reflect on the expansive meaning…

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Symbols and Insights of Kwanzaa: Deep Meanings and Expansive Message

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

Kwanzaa was conceived as a special time and space for discussing and meditating on the rich and varied ways of being and becoming African in the world. It invites us all to study continuously its origins, principles and practices and it teaches us, in all modesty, never to claim we know all that is to be known about it or that our explanations are only for those who do not…

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