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Dr. Maulana Karenga

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Rereading King in Critical Times: Mapping and Making Our Way Forward

By | Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In these critical times which unavoidably raise the pressing questions of mapping and making our way forward regardless, a thoughtful rereading of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historical speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?” offers us an excellent point of departure. Given in 1967 at the height of the Black Power period of the Black Freedom Movement, it reflects the tenor and tension of the…

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A New Year and Enduring Issues: Crafting an Agenda, Rebuilding a Movement

By | Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — It is in reaffirmation of the enduring issues ever before us, that I in the practice of sanofa, remember and reach back to visit the need to craft a Black Agenda and rebuild the overarching Black Movement. For it is a vital need in order for us as a people: to do the work and wage and win the struggle for racial and social justice,…

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Waging War on the World: Hypocritically Shocked and Awed By Its Consequences

By | Dr. Maulana Karenga

There is today a global total war being waged by the U.S., its allies and proxies with no end in sight, no just or honest proposals for peace and no real relief from the war’s devastating effects on the lives and lands of the people who are its targets and victims. Nor is there adequate consideration concerning the impact of this massive destruction of lives and lands on the future…

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Outrage and Revolt in 1992: Remembrance and Continuing the Struggle

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

As we gather to remember and mark the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles Revolt and to discuss the course of history after it, it is important to place it in the context of the long history of Black resistance in which revolt is a central and defining feature. Indeed, ours is a history of resistance through which revolts run like a bright red line, stretching from the age…

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Beyond the Evil of Trump: Living King’s Legacy of Steadfast Resistance

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

It has been rightfully remembered and necessarily noted that this month marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s classic anti-war speech, April 4, 1967, a year to the day of his assassination and martyrdom. It was titled “Beyond Vietnam—A Time to Break Silence” and offered reasons of moral conscience and a rightful reading of history for why people of conscience were morally obligated to oppose the Vietnam war…

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Standing Steadfast With Paul Robeson: Refusing to Change With the Weather

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

Among the sacred names of our honored ancestors which we raise and praise this month, let us pay homage and pour libation for Paul Robeson (April 9, 1898—January 23, 1976), a truly Imhotepian man, in the classical African sense of the word, i.e., a master of many disciplines of knowledge and skilled practice directed toward bringing good in the world. Indeed, he was a critically acclaimed actor, singer, scholar, civil…

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Honoring August Wilson: Holding Hallowed Cultural Ground

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

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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