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

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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

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

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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Righteous Reflection On Being African: A Kwanzaa Meditation

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

During this Kwanzaa, as always and as our ancestors centuries before us, we gather together again to celebrate and share the good we’ve gained and garnered; to remember in reverence the sacred names, noble deeds and enormous sacrifices of our ancestors; and to recommit ourselves to our highest values and most exalting visions, and to an ongoing practice that proves their worth and brings into being the good they embody…

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Taking Tuesday in Stride:
Waking Up Wednesday Still in Struggle

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

    No matter how things go down Tuesday night, we must wake up Wednesday morning still in struggle and reaffirm without unrealistic hope or paralyzing horror, that there is still much to do and it is up to us to do it. For indeed, as we always said, the time is now, there is no other; struggle is the way forward, there is no alternative; and we are the…

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Sojourner For A Season: Truth-Speaker For Life

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

  There is no written or reliable record on the day of her birth, but we do know the date of her transition, November 26, 1883; and we know too some central themes of the sacred narrative of her second coming-into-being, her rising from the killing ground and human grave of the Holocaust of enslavement, and her towering above and beyond the context and conditions of her time. They had…

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Remaking History With Mrs. Hamer: Raising Questions and Empowering Our People

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

    This is the month of remembering and raising up Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), honored giant in a generation of great leaders. Let us, then, raise and praise her five sacred names, her life-giving work and her liberating struggle in the tradition of our ancestors. We pour libation for her first in her sacred name of memory keeper. It is she who emphasized our ancestors’ teaching on the…

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Legally Culling and Killing Black People: Righteously Searching for an Answer and End

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

Whatever else, the continued and recent rash of police killings of our people tell us about the police and the society that shelters and supports them and refuses to restrain and discipline them, it can in no way suggest the practice of justice, the promise of self-correction or the benefit in our dependence on the silent witnesses or episodic allies who join us in conceding our suffering, but not in…

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Re-Reading and Reflecting on James Baldwin: Rethinking Race and America

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

The last time I saw James Baldwin was at a memorial colloquium on Hoyt Fuller at Cornell University in 1984 at which we were both presenting. He  was talking,  as always, about the problematic reality and responsibility of race and writing, about his continuing amazement at White folk’s cultivated self-delusions concerning what they do for and to other people, and the harried and hassled hope he still held for America…

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