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Halifu, Breaker of the Unjust Law: Righteous Rebellion and Institution-Building

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

The month of August is a special month rich with history and initiatives of revolt, resistance and righteous struggle. It is the month of the beginning of the Haitian Revolution (1791), the Revolts of Nat Turner (1830) and Gabriel and Nana Prosser (1800), the coming into being of the Hon. Marcus Garvey (1887), the Watts Revolt (1965) and the preparatory mobilizing and organizing initiatives after the Revolt that led to…

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Gleaning Marcus Garvey’s Lessons in Struggle: Questioning, Organizing and Liberating Ourselves PRIVATE

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

  The Honorable Marcus Garvey (August 17, 1887—June 10, 1940) stands as a model and a monument of African liberational thought and practice and the human possibilities inherent it.  And thus his life and work offer abundant lessons for us. He emerges in a time of triumphant Europeanism—Europe’s political, economic and cultural hegemony. He travels the world and sees Black people everywhere in various forms of domination, certainly less achieved…

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Liberation is Coming From A Black Thing

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

The year 1965 began on an ominous and unsettling note—the assassination and martyrdom of Malcolm X, the Fire Prophet.  Even in the white and winter cold of February, it was a sign of the coming fire.  Indeed, it pointed toward the fiery fulfillment of prophecy which Malcolm, himself, had predicted. It was there, too, in the title of James Baldwin’s classic, The Fire Next Time.  And it was the topic…

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Kinds and Colors of Loss and Grief: Problems of Unity Without Justice

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

PART 1: As the country passes thru this period of dangerous and difficult times and of declared shared loss and shared grief, it is important that we not find ourselves joining conversations and embracing policies that diminish or dismiss our own loss and grief, indict us as a people and divert us from our righteous and relentless struggle. For the struggle is about justice for us on the most fundamental…

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Remembering Audacious Black Power: Revisiting the Model and Meaning

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

  One of the most important periods in the history of Black people and Black struggle is the Black Freedom Movement (1965-1975), not only because of its concrete legal, organizational, institutional, educational, economic and political gains and achievements, but also because it offers a library of lessons in righteous and relentless resistance and self-conscious community building. The Black Freedom Movement culminates in the Black Power Movement which leaves a special…

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“The Legacies of Mary M. Bethune” Knowledge, Sacrifice, Service and Struggle

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

We cannot move through or pass the month of July without paying homage to our foremother, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, born July 10, 1875, laying down in peace and rising up in radiance May 18, 1955.  Let us pour libation for her, then, and raise her righteous name in remembrance and honor for the great work and service she performed in the world and for the legacy she self-consciously left…

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Police, Oppression and Trauma: Learning to Live and Resist in America

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

    It is good to rebel; it is right to revolt; and it is morally compelling to confront and resist evil, injustice and oppression in all their forms wherever and whenever we find them. And it is good to confront evil, injustice and oppression in righteous anger, to turn over the tables of the money worshipers setup in the temple; to disrupt their business of oppression as usual in…

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Retrieving Insights From Frantz Fanon: Resisting Systemic and Social Violence

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Editors' Choice

  In his classic work, The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon laid out an extensive explanation of how an oppressed people, which does not fight fiercely and self-consciously against its own oppression, will witness the emergence of those who turn the pent-up anger, disdain and righteous rage they have for their oppressor into self-destructive explosions and aggression against themselves and others of their people. And in the context of…

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Defining African Liberation Day: Celebrating Thru Struggle and Living Practice

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

    In the context and currents of human history, African liberation is an awesome ongoing historical project and a living practice of daily life. It is that long, hard and heroic struggle Black people wage everywhere to resist and radically reject the imposition of White supremacy in all its savage and subtle forms, and to secure freedom, justice, power, peace and serious and sustained progress in our lives and…

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Black Love: A Complementary and Species-Compelling Need

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

It is not an exaggeration to state that there is no issue of greater importance, urgency or enduring impact in terms of the foundation, functioning and future of us as a community and a people than the quality of male/female relationships. Indeed, this speaks not only to the health and wholeness of our people, but also of each member of the community and to how we imagine and either forge…

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