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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

King and Our Moral Mission: Transforming Ourselves and the World

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

There is an unlimited library of lessons in the lives and teachings of our ancestors, those who, as Seba Ptahhotep says in the Husia, “listened to the Divine”, spoke truth, did justice, and worked tirelessly to secure the well-being of our people and the world. So it is with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., awesome preacher, prophet and dream weaver whose martyrdom and sacrifice we commemorate this month.

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Beyond the Trayvon Martin Mobilization: A Movement to End Mass Incarceration and Rebuild America’s “Dark Ghettos”

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

All across America a massive mobilization is in full force demanding justice in the horrific and unjustified death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman. It was a vigilante style killing aided and abetted by Florida’s wild, wild west “Stand Your Ground” law.  The Trayvon Martin case has struck a nerve in Black America, not only because of the tragic and unnecessary death of a promising young African American man, but because this case is symbolic of a broader pattern of assault on young Black males throughout the country.

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

We are all Trayvon Martin

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

I have two nephews that I love with an amazing passion. Anyi, 28, is a Los Angeles based comedian, who kinda looks like me and acts like me. He is my absolute escort of choice when I am in Southern California. Armand, 25, is an Oakland-based aspiring writer, and a 2008 graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz. Both of these young men are well over 6’3″, but neither carries any extra weight. Both of them wear hoodies.

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

What Happened to Audacity?

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Forty years ago this month, ten thousand African Americans thronged to Gary, Indiana for the first National Black Political Convention.  They gathered to develop a black agenda, and to influence 1972 presidential politics.  One of the things on the agenda was the development of an independent black political party and to explore the notion of independent black politics.

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

It’s Nation Time: The 40th Anniversary of the Gary National Black Political Convention

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

March 10-12, 1972, an estimated 10,000 Black people converged on a small steel town in Indiana for one of the greatest gatherings in the history of Africans in America – the Gary National Black Political Convention.  As I reflect on more than a half century on the frontlines of the Black Freedom Struggle,  anyone who is intimately familiar with my work is aware that the Gary Black Political Convention  was one of the defining moments for an emerging social/political activist from Youngstown, Ohio.

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If you have to shoot me

By Commentaries/Opinions

The senseless killing of young Trayvon Martin has reminded conscious Black men everywhere in this country of their tenuous existence. The “freedom” of George Zimmerman, Trayvon’s killer, reminds us of the imbalance of justice and the degree to which the “law” is slow to recognize our humanity.

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