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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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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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