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Dr. Maulana Karenga

El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Min. Malcolm X

Malcolm X and the Ethics of Martyrdom: Witness, Service, Struggle and Sacrifice

By | Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — This is the month that marks another anniversary of the martyrdom of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Min. Malcolm X, who was assassinated and martyred in the 39th year of his life, February 21, 1965, and who rose in radiance in the heavens and now sits in the sacred circle of the ancestors, among the doers of good, the righteous and the rightfully rewarded. In 1966,…

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Remembering and Re-Reading Woodson: Envisioning an Emancipatory Education

By | Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Clearly, in this important month and historical moment of celebrating Black History thru reflective remembrance and recommitment to ever-deeper study and emancipatory practice, our minds easily turn to the writings and life work of the father of Black History Month, Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875–1950). For it is Dr. Woodson who framed and laid the foundation for our celebration of Black History Month, having given…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Excising America’s Cancer of Racism: Turning Left from the Far Right Lane

By | Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — It is all there, the beginning of another myth-making drama of an America honestly engaged in coming to terms with its racist past and present, openly discussing the grievous hurt and harm White racism causes to its victims, and making a united front and consensus call for the resignation of a governor caught with his white Klan cape up and his blackface guard down in…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

The Compelling Need and Notion of Freedom: Retrieving Our Expansive Concept of Struggle

By | Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — As we celebrate each year our strivings and struggles through history, the Black Freedom Movement is always a central focus. But we may not call it by its rightful name, because it has been renamed by the established order as the Civil Rights Movement and this has implications for us in terms of self-determination and how we define our goals, what we count as victory,…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

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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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

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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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

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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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

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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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

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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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

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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