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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

The History and Future of Haiti

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Revolution, Repression, Resistance and Eventual Victory By Dr. Maulana Karenga — The history and culture of Haiti is marked by extraordinary expressions of revolutionary struggle and victory, suffering and repression, but always righteous and relentless resistance of the people and their radical refusal to be defeated. The Haitian nation was born in revolutionary struggle, achieving what no enslaved people had done before or after. It defeated its enslavers and other…

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Juxtaposing Juneteenth and July Fourth: Emancipation, Independence and Democracy Claims

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Seba Malcolm said it, we saw it and history has proved it. Indeed, he taught that “of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward our research.” Likewise, Dr. W. E. B. DuBois stated that “We can only understand the present by continually referring to and studying the past.” Thus, he continues saying “When anyone of the intricate phenomena of our daily life puzzles…

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Anatomy of Resurgent Racism: Some Sources of Its Savagery

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — The latest outbreak and resurgence of raw and even rabid racism, culminating in the violent insurrectionist attack on the Capitol, has sent the country into doldrums of conditional self-doubt, semi-traumatic disbelief and televised and twittered questions of how did we come to this and will we ever get beyond this monster side of  “America, the-would-be-beautiful?” After all, it has lasted so long against all reason,…

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Reaffirming Our Africanness and Radical Tradition, 1960s: Liberation’s Coming From a Black Thing

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By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Part II. It was Min. Malcolm X who taught us to cultivate a world-encompassing consciousness, not only as pan-Africanists committed to the liberation of Africans everywhere, but also as part of the worldwide revolution and liberation struggle going on and redrawing the map of history. He taught that we, as African people, were part of that global struggle of the oppressed against oppressors. And he…

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To Unite the Nation With Justice: Securing Medicine, Money and Means for All

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga— The current conversations concerning the urgency and need to unite the nation must always be undergirded and informed by a parallel recognition of the urgent and unavoidable need of an inclusive and substantive justice. For there can be no real, moral or meaningful unity without justice. As we know from centuries of sustained struggle and reflection, without justice there can be no peace, only an imposed…

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Living the Legacy of Our History

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Living the Legacy of Our History: Resolutions for Righteous and Relentless Struggle By Dr. Maulana Karenga— In this time of trial, tragedy and transition, let us turn inward for a sustaining strength and still wish, work and struggle for good in the world. Even though we might have made New Year’s resolutions in all honesty, the established order cultivates a climate that makes them soon lose their relevance and reality….

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Concerning Kwanzaa, Race and Religion: Particular, Universal and Common Ground.

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By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Concerning Kwanzaa, Race and Religion: Particular, Universal and Common Ground This is a revisiting of an early and ongoing conversation about the shared meaning of Kwanzaa, its particular cultural message to African people, and its core values that speak to the best of what it means to be African and human in the world and for the world. It raises the constantly relevant issues of…

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Dr. Maulana Karenga on “Cherishing and Challenging Kamala Harris”

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Cherishing and Challenging Kamala Harris: Issues of Commutment and Accountability By Dr. Maulana Karenga— There is no doubt that the nomination and election of Kamala Harris as Vice President Elect of the United States of America is of great importance and meaning to us as a people. Indeed, it was a hard-won victory, not only at the voting box, but over the numerous evil, oppressive and varied attempts to deny…

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Symbols and Insights of Kwanzaa: Deep Meanings and Expansive Message

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Symbols and Insights of Kwanzaa: Deep Meanings and Expansive Message By Dr. Maulana Karenga— Each year the coming of Kwanzaa causes us to come together in celebration, remembrance, reflection and recommitment. And it also urges us to constantly study and learn the deep meanings and expansive message of Kwanzaa, not only in its grounding philosophy, Kawaida, and its core Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba), but also in its symbols. This article…

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Being Ella Baker Even After the Election: Valuing Our Victory, Continuing Our Struggle

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In our rightful celebration and valuing of our victory in saving ourselves and America from its Trumpian self, we must remember and recommit ourselves to continuing our larger struggle. For although we removed Trump, the monster side of America from office, the millions of people who support, enable and voted for him for a second term offer ample evidence the system itself is deeply flawed…

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Pursuing the Seven-Fold Path of Blackness: Practicing Principles of Life and Struggle

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga — Part 1. As we continue to mark, celebrate and commemorate the 55th Anniversary of the founding of our organization Us, 6205 | September 7 | 1965, I want to continue to draw from some of our early ideas and practices and discuss and demonstrate their current and enduring relevance. This is especially important for these troubled, troubling and trying times in which we live and die…

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Us’ 55 Years of Unbudging Blackness: Africa as Our Moral Ideal

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga — Part 2. Now the interrelated moral imperative to be ourselves and to free ourselves is intimately related to our commitment as advocates of Us to the principle and practice of unbudging Blackness and the deep-rooted and irreversible embrace of Africa as our moral ideal. To talk of our Blackness, again, is to talk not simply of our color, i.e., our appearance and genetic makeup, but also…

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