Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

The Liberation Ethics of Malcolm X: Some Preliminary Notes

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

Among the many and greatly valued gifts and good of the legacy of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, none is more important than his role as a moral teacher and the liberation ethics that formed the core of his teachings and shaped the essential character and course of his life’s work and struggle in the world. As a moral teacher, Min. Malcolm X makes a critical contribution to a broader…

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Malcolm X: A Complex Legacy

By Commentaries/Opinions

Malcolm X was a complex man. The beating death of his grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, 28, in a Mexico City bar, days before his grandfather’s birth date, only adds to this complex legacy. For, the life and death of Malcolm X is unlike any other civil rights icon. Malcolm X is remembered as an impassioned speaker who demanded change by any means necessary. Malcolm X said things aloud about White oppression…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

At Last

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

When Beyonce Knowles sang the Etta James song “At Last” at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, the song could have had several meanings.  At last we have an African American President?  At last, the muscle of the Black vote has been flexed?  At last, there is some hope for our country to come together with […]

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

A National Disgrace: Joblessness and Fratricide in America’s “Dark Ghettos”

By Commentaries/Opinions, Vantage Point Articles, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) is gearing up for a Day of Direct Action June 17th in Washington, D.C. to demand an end to the War on Drugs and mass incarceration  and call on President Obama to invest in marginalized urban inner-city Black communities across the nation.  While ending the war on drugs as a devastating racially-biased policy is essential, we in IBW have always insisted…

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