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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

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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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

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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The Ethics of Healthcare: Essential Kawaida Considerations

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In this time of pandemic, panic, hoarding and conversations about health and well-being that we are forced to have, I offer these thoughts again for mindful consideration. For it reaffirms the comprehensive meaning of health which has to do with the physical, psychological, spiritual and material well-being of all, especially self-consciously including the vulnerable. And it reminds us that if our people, society and the…

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Lifting and Holding Up Heaven: Women’s and Men’s Work in the World

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — It is a fundamental tenet of Kawaida philosophy that practice proves and makes possible everything, that is to say, practice brings it into being, makes it real, relevant and worthy of the name and quality it claims, whether it is love or life, parenting or peace, teaching or learning, art or ethics, science, religion or righteous resistance. And so, in this month of March which…

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Trump’s America By Dawn’s Early Light: Notes on Lynching, Lying and Seeking Justice

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Pushing back the thick fog and fumes of the putrid propaganda of White supremacist triumphalism, what can we really see and sing by the dawn’s early light except Trump’s deformed and deficient conception of America unmasked? For all the hype, hustle and hypocrisy around “making America great again,” it presupposes an imaginary past void of its victims and of the violence, genocide, enslavement, segregation and…

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Us, Culture and Struggle: Ultimately Engaged and Achieved on the Ground

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — This is a sankofa retrieval of thoughts on an anniversary past that still reveals positions and principles as relevant and real as rain in monsoon season. And it is reflective of the deep and enduring commitment we of Us have to the priority of our people, opposition to our oppressor and oppression, and to a communitarian African way of life and thus to the unfinished…

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Africa, Our Moral Ideal: Radical Reasoning About Ourselves and Our Culture

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — On this the 54th anniversary of our coming into being, September 7, 1965, as the organization Us, we look back on the long, difficult, dangerous and demanding road we’ve travelled. It is a journey of liberation in thought and practice that began with radical reasoning about ourselves and our culture. It involved rightfully raising Africa as our moral ideal, setting ourselves at the center of…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Remembering the Watts Revolt: A Shared Condition, Consciousness and Commitment

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — The Anniversary of the 1965 Watts Revolt occurs in the context of a larger history of Black struggle, sacrifices and achievements: the assassination, sacrifice and martyrdom of Min. Malcolm X; the Selma March; the Voting Rights Act; the founding of our organization Us and the African American Cultural Center; and the introduction of the Black value system, the Nguzo Saba, which became the core values of…

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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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