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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Living the Legacy of Our History

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Maulana Karenga

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.

By Commentaries/Opinions

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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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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Bringing Forth the Fire Within Us: Weathering the Worst of Winters

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

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — To meet any and every challenge in life, we must anchor and equip ourselves, holding firmly to that which endures in the midst of that which is overthrown and passes away, and self-consciously and constantly preparing and provisioning ourselves for dealing with that which we must confront and achieve, resolve or overcome. We are now confronted with a very deadly, disruptive and destructive pandemic caused…

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Vantage Point Radio: Conversation With Kwanzaa’s Creator and an Open Forum With Listening Audience

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio Recorded December 23, 2019 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Maulana Karenga and callers. Topic Kwanzaa Guests Dr. Maulana Karenga, Creator of Kwanzaa. Also Dr. Ron Daniels Commentary and audience call-in. Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-5PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here Mondays 3PM-5PM or visit…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Annual Founder’s Kwanzaa Message – 2019

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Living Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: An All-Seasons Celebration and Practice of the Good. By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Each year Kwanzaa provides us with a special and unique time to see and celebrate ourselves as African people in beautiful, uplifting and liberating ways. But it also offers us a set of principles which, if practiced throughout the year, ensure that Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, are…

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Righteous Reflection On Being African: A Kwanzaa Meditation

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga — Kwanzaa is a time of celebration, remembrance, reflection and recommitment. It requires these practices throughout the holiday. But the last day of Kwanzaa is dedicated to deep reflection, meditation on the meaning and measure of being African and how this is understood and asserted for good in the world in essential, uplifting and transformative ways. During this Kwanzaa, as always and as our ancestors centuries before…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Symbols and Insights of Kwanzaa: Deep Meanings and Expansive Message

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

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 again invites us to do this.  Kwanzaa was conceived as…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Us Reminiscing at Half Century and Four: The Architecture of Our Work and Will

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — On this our 54th anniversary, I remember and raise up the momentous marking of our 50th anniversary. I said then and reaffirm now with four added years this. September 7 will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of our organization Us, the introduction of the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and Kawaida philosophy), and the establishment of the African American Cultural Center….

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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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King, Memphis and the Morality of Sacrifice: Dangerous Unselfishness and Righteous Struggle

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In this month, we rightly turn toward Memphis and the martyrdom of Dr. Martin Luther King and again towards the enduring message and meaning of his life. Indeed, we turn to Memphis because it is the site of the martyrdom of Dr. King, one of the tallest trees in our forest of freedom fighters and a constant reminder we must continue the struggle and keep…

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Ron Daniels, who held the first Kwanzaa celebration in Youngstown 50 years ago, speaks during a Kwanzaa celebration at New Bethel Baptist Church on Wednesday night.

Former Y’town activist surprises crowd at Kwanzaa opening night

By News & Current Affairs

By William K. Alcorn, The Vindicator — Ron Daniels, former Youngstown community activist and television personality, introduced as one of the founders of Youngstown Kwanzaa 50 years ago, paid a surprise visit to the first day of this year’s weeklong event that celebrates African heritage in African-American culture. “When we started Kwanzaa here in the former West Federal Street YMCA, we were among the first in the United States to celebrate…

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