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Kawaida and Questions of Life and Struggle:
African American, Pan-African and Global Issues
Dr. Maulana Karenga
(Contains position statements from 2005-2006 in one volume.)

 

Introduction to
Black Studies

4th Edition, 2010
Dr. Maulana Karenga



 

 

2014

December

The Moral Vocation of Leadership:
Dedication, Discipline, Sacrifice and Service (12-18-14)

In this Season of Celebration: A Forest Fire of Struggle (12-11-14)

Ferguson: Holding Ground, Expanding Gains,
Pushing Our Lives and Battlelines Forward (12-04-14)

November

Rethinking Thanksgiving: Beyond Big Turkeys and Small Talk (11-27-14)
Midterm Tea Without Sympathy: Shifting Places in Race-Based Seats (11-20-14)
For Love and Struggle: Striving for the Greater Good (11-13-14)
Sustaining and Supporting Ferguson:
Building a Culture and Community of Struggle (11-06-14)

October

Sojourner For A Season: Truth-Speaker For Life (10-30-14)
Remaking History With Mrs. Hamer: Raising Questions, Empowering Our People (10-23-14)Remembering the Million Man March: Reflections on Memory and Mission (10-16-14)
Kawaida, Cultural Nationalism and Struggle:
Setting the Revolutionary Record Straight --PART II (10-09-14)

Kawaida, Cultural Nationalism and Struggle:
Setting the Revolutionary Record Straight PART I (10-02-14)


September

Thinking Deep About Blackness: Stressing the Serious and Sacred (09-25-14)
Righteous and Relentless Struggle:
Reflections on the Principle and Practice (09-18-14)

In Remembrance and Reaffirmation:
Harnessing Hurricanes and Whirlwinds of Righteous Anger (09-11-14)Re

Us: A 49-Year Struggle, To Be Ourselves and Free Ourselves 09-04-14

August

Garvey's Letters from Atlanta:
Rebuilding and Becoming the Whirlwind and Storm (08-28-14)

On the Battlefield in Ferguson:
Remembering History, Resisting Occupation (08-21-14)

Solidarity with the People of Palestine:
King's Call to Conscience Part II (08-14-14
)
Solidarity With the People of Palestine:
King's Call to Conscience Part I (08-07-14)

July

The Liberation Psychology of Frantz Fanon: Struggle as Normative and Necessary (07-31-14)
Ida B. Wells: Troubling and Transforming the Waters (07-24-14)
Defending Marlene Pinnock and Ourselves: Issues of Justice, Agenda and Struggle (07-17-14)
Bethune, Democracy and the 4th:
Courageous Questioning and Constant Struggle (07-10-14)

Frederick Douglass and the 4th of July:
Searching for Affirmative Answers (07-03-14)

June

Kwame Ture in Remembrance and Reflection:
Pan-Africanism, Revolution and Culture (06-26-14)
Campaigning with Dr. McKenna: Forging A Future For Our Children, Part 2 (06-19-14)Campaigning With Dr. McKenna: Forging A Future For Our Children Part I (06-12-14)
Claiming the Sky with Maya: Breaking Out of Cages and Rising (06-05-14)

May

Celebrating African Liberation Day:
Empowering the People; Strengthening the Struggle (05-29-14)

Message From Malcolm: Anchoring Insights in Unsettling Times (05-23-14)
Lunch with Limbiko: A Mother's Day Message (05-15-14)
Additional Necessary Notes on Racism: Take Aways Without Being Taken (05-08-14)
Superficial Anger At Racism: Condemning Language, Overlooking Oppression (05-01-14)

April

Reconsidering Racial Justice: Some Necessary Notes (04-21-14)
Black Men and Women Rising: Resurrection After Intended Social Death (04-17-14)
Becoming Our Black Selves Again: Righteously Being and Freeing Ourselves (04-10-14)
King and the Psychology of Freedom: Self-Respect, Resistance and Resilience (04-03-14)

March

Black Love: A Complementary and Species-Compelling Need (03-27-14)
Sustainers of the World: A Classical African Conception of Womanhood (03-20-14)
For Chokwe, Ourselves and History: Creating Free and Special Spaces (03-13-14)
Celebrating Black Women's History: Achievements, Strengths and Struggles (03-06-14)

February

Malcolm X and the Morality of Sacrifice: Remembrance and Reaffirmation (02-27-14)
Retrieving and Rereading Douglass: Leadership Born of Earnest Struggle (02-20-14)
Black History: Its Meaning, Message & Forward Motion (02-13-14)
Walking With Woodson in History: Seeking Truth, Justice and Transformation (02-06-14)

January

Mission and Meaning of Being African: Forging a Future of Shared Good (01-30-14)
Re-Reading King: Correcting Revision & Reductive Interpretations of His Dream (01-23-14)
Malcolm's Victims of Democracy: Children and Education on the Altar (01-16-14)
Baba Nana John Watusi Branch: A Model and Message for Us (01-09-14)
Notes for the New Year: Ancient African Ethical Teachings (01-02-14)


2013

December

Annual Founder's Kwanzaa Message
Celebrating and Living Kwanzaa:
Sowing and Harvesting Seeds of Good (12-26-13)

Raising Up and Remembering Biko: Resisting the Bleaching of His Blackness (12-19-13)
The Meaning and Measure of Mandela: An Afrocentric Assessment (12-12-13)

Black People, HIV-AIDS and Racial Justice: Fighting on Two Fronts (12-05-13)

November
Rethinking Thanksgiving: Beyond Big Turkeys and Small Talk (11-28-13)

Cultivating Quality Leadership: Reaffirming and Transmitting the Tradition (11-21-13)

The Sacred Narrative of Africans: A Chosen and Challenged People (11-14-13)
Steppin Off Stage as N's: Returning to History as Africans (11-07-13)

October

For Love and Struggle: Striving for the Greater Good (10-31-13)
The Million Man March and Day of Absence: Remembrance and Recommitment (10-24-13)

Following Our Foremother Fannie Lou Hamer: Courageously Questioning America (10-17-13)
Fannie Lou Hamer Walking Off the Plantation:
Questioning and Transforming America (10-10-13)

Meditations On The Movement: Us' 48 Years of Relentless Struggle--Part II (10-03-13)

September

Meditations On The Movement: Us' 48 Years of Relentless Struggle--Part I (09-26-13)
Against Warmongering In Washington: Upholding the Practice of Peace (09-19-13)
Towards Serious Re-Africanization: Kawaida, Culture, Revolution and Resistance (09-12-13)
Us, Culture and Struggle: Ultimately Engaged on the Ground (09-05-13)

August

Making the March Meaningful: Re-Reading and Reaffirming Our History (08-29-13)
Re-Reading and Rethinking James Baldwin: Rethinking Race and America (08-22-13)
Marcus Garvey and African Liberation: A New Light Dawning (08-15-13)
Commemorating The Watts Revolt:
Rightful Remembrance and Renewed Resistance (08-08-13)

Relationships and Resistance: Deep Thinking About Life and Struggle (08-01-13)

July

Raising Up in Resistance: Crafting a Strategy for Continuing Struggle (07-25-13)
Honoring Trayvon ,Saving Our Sons: Recommitment to Community and Struggle (07-18-13)
The Legacies of Mary M. Bethune: Knowledge, Sacrifice,Service and Struggle (07-11-13)
Frederick Douglass and the 4th of July: Still Searching for Affirmative Answers (07-04-13)

June
Unmaking and Remaking Black Men: Necessary Conditions and Capacities (06-27-13)
Maintaining the Meaning of Juneteenth: Staying Focused on Freedom (06-20-13)
War On Us and Drugs: Necessary Resistance or Ruin (06-13-13)
Resisting the Erasure Of Blackness: Human Rights and Racial Justice (06-06-13)

May
African Liberation Day: Liberation Is Coming From A Black Thing (05-30-13)
The Liberation Ethics of Malcolm X: Some Preliminary Notes (05-23-13)
Malcolm, Liberation, Jihad and Justice:
Righteous Warrior and Witness to the World (05-16-13)

Letters to Limbiko: Lady With a Rainbow in Her Hand (05-09-13)
Wangari Maathai and Serudj Ta: Facing Mt. Kenya, Repairing the World (05-02-13)

April
Realities in Black and Brown: Critical Concerns and Common Ground (04-25-13)
Contemplating a Collective Vocation: Self-Determination, A Moral Imperative (04-18-13)
Building Righteous Relationships: Ending Unrighteous Dealings (04-11-13)
Repairing and Remaking the World: An Environmental Vision of Justice (04-04-13)

March


Considering King's Martyrdom and Message: Losing Illusions and Gaining Strength (03-28-13)
Black Women, Men and HIV-AIDS: Shared Responsibility in Love and Life (03-21-13)
Black Women In and As History: Sustainers of the World (03-14-13)
Harriet Tubman At The Crossroads: Lessons of Life and Struggle (03-07-13)

February

Creating and Killing Christopher Dorner: An American Saga and Sign-- Part II (02-28-13)
Creating and Killing Christopher Dorner: An American Saga and Sign--Part I (02-21-13)

History, Memory and Struggle: The Morality of Remembrance (02-14-13)
Cherishing and Choosing Life: Black Ethics, Culture and HIV/AIDS (02-07-13)



January

Conversations With Dr. Carver: The Languages and Lessons of Nature (01-31-13)
Haiti and the Weapon of Will: Conceding No Ground Gained (01-24-13)
Living the Legacy of Dr. King: A Sacred Narrative and Model (01-17-13)
Reaffirming Kwanzaa And Black Culture:
Questioning Wrongful and Dubious Concerns (01-10-13)

Notes For The New Year: Ancient African Ethical Teachings 01-03-13


2012

December
Contemplating Connecticut: Moving Beyond Narrow Notions of What is Needed (12-27-12)
The Message and Meaning of Kwanzaa: Bringing Good Into the World (12-20-12)
Founder's Annual Kwanzaa Message
Kwanzaa Us and the Well-being of the World: A Courageous Questioning (12-13-12)

Self-Cultivation and Struggle: Sacred Insights from the Ancestors (12-06-12)

November

Victory On Measure J: Still Struggling on Crenshaw (11-29-12)
Remembering Rosa Parks: For Her, Our People and Our Struggle (11-22-12)
Remembering the Past, Engaging the Present, and Imagining the Future (11-15-12)
Remembering Jammin Jai Rich: The Lessons and Legacy (11-08-12)
Before and After the Elections: Honoring Our History and Struggle (11-01-12)

October
The Measure and Model of Mervyn Dymally: A Life Well-Lived (10-25-12)
Reconsidering Racial Justice: Some Necessary Notes (10-18-12)
Black Apprehension and White Hope: Obama, Romney and Jack Johnson (10-11-12)

September
Retrieving The African Ideal: A Courageous Questioning (09-25-12)
Contemplating A Collective Vocation: Self-Determination, A Moral Imperative (09-20-12)
Giving God A Break: Accepting Responsibility for the World (09-13-12)
Kawaida, Us and Black Liberation: An Enduring Radical Initiative (09-06-12)

August
Ethical Insights from Odu Ifa: Choosing to be African (08-30-12)
Rebuilding A Culture of Struggle: Breaking Chains Instead of Hugging Them (08-23-12)
Racial Genuflecting And Genealogy: Issues of Identity and Dignity (08-16-12)
Commemorating The Watts Revolt: A History and Heritage of Resistance (08-09-12)
Garvey, Africa And Us: Without Compromise or Apology ( 08-02-12)

July
The Language and Logic of Kawaida: African Ways of Engaging the World (07-26-12)
Crafting Success at Crenshaw High: Cooperatively Achieving Excellence (07-19-12)
Retrieving Insights From Fanon: Systemic and Social Violence ( 07-12-12)
Regarding Rodney King: Requiem for a Reluctant Witness (07-05-12)

June
The Confederate Mind of America: Double-Consciousness and Double-Dealing (06-28-12)
Maintaining the Meaning of Juneteenth: Staying Focused on Freedom (06-21-12)
Remembering Kwame Ture: Pan-Africanism, Revolution and Culture (06-14-12)
John Caldwell, Storm Rider: Essential Notes From A Eulogy (06-07-12)

May
African Liberation Day: Honoring a History and Culture of Struggle (05-31-12)
Seba Limbiko Tembo: An Uplifting Life and Enduring Legacy (05-24-12)
Maintaining Malcolm's Legacy: Practicing the Morality of Remembrance (05-17-12)
A Rightful Reading Of History: Culture, Consciousness and Struggle (05-10-12)
Remembering The 1992 LA Revolt: A Calculated Cautiousness (05-03-12)

April
Outrage and Revolt in1992: Remembrance and Continuing the Struggle (04-26-12)
Repairing and Remaking the World: An Environmental Vision of Justice (04-19-12)
Notes From The Battlefield: Trayvon, Strategy and Struggle (04-12-12)
King and Our Moral Mission: Transforming Ourselves and the World (04-05-10)


March

For Trayvon And Our People: Radical Racial and Social Justice (03-29-12)
Institutionalizing The Afrocentric Initiative: Securing a Centered Way Forward (03-20-12)
Black Women HIV-AIDS and Health: Towards An Undisputed Dignity (03-15-12)

Hearing Thunder With Harriet Tubman: Reaping the Harvests of History (03-08-12)
Celebrating Black Women's History: Achievements, Strengths and Struggles (03-01-12)

February
Black History, Red Tails & Tuskegee: Critical Conversations 'Bout Ourselves (02-23-12)
Defeating HIV-AIDS: The Perpetual Achievement of the Impossible (02-16-12)
Life Lessons of History: Our Ancestors of Ancient Egypt (02-09-12)
Dialoging With DuBois on History: Preserving Memory, Maintaining Culture (02-02-12)

January
The Ethics of Education: Grounding Our Teaching, Learning and Life (01-26-12)
Reclaiming King: Matters of Race, Reflection and Practice (01-19-12)
Revolution, Repression and Resistance In Haiti: Corrections and Considerations (01-12-12)
New Year Wishes and Work: Pursuing and Practicing Peace (01-05-12)

2011

December
Righteous Reflection On Being African: A Kwanzaa Meditation (12-29-11)
Annual Founder's Kwanzaa Message
Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: Sharing and Sustaining the World (12-22-11)
Commemorating Loss, Cherishing Life: Us, HIV/AIDS and Lessons Learned (12-08-11)
Holding America And Obama Accountable: Crafting a Protocol and Practice -- Part II (12-01-11)

November
Holding America and Obama Accountable: Crafting a Protocol and Practice -- Part I (11-24-11)
Rethinking Thanksgiving: Beyond Big Turkeys and Small Talk (11-17-11)
Weather Warning--Storm Rising: Unoccupying and Decolonizing the World (11-10-11)
The Sacred Narrative of Africans: A Chosen and Challenged People (11-03-11)

October
Monumentalizing King, Killing Qaddafi: America's Pernicious Paradox (10-27-11)
An Inconvenient Genocide: Ethnic Cleansing and Racial Lynching in Libya (10-20-11)
Remembering the Million Man March: Reaffirming Its Mission and Meaning (10-13-11)
Homage to Fannie Lou Hamer: Womanist, Warrior and Way-Opener (10-06-11)

September
Remembering Troy Davis: Renewed and Righteous Resistance (09-29-11)
Choosing to Be African: Struggling and Striving Ever Upward (09-22-11)
Still On Death Row With Troy Davis: Defending Life and Justice (09-15-11)
Fulfilling Our Mission: Leaving a Legacy of Struggle (09-08-11)
Malcolm and Kawaida on Culture: Recovery, Revolution and Resistance (09-01-11)

August
Contemplating Anna Julia Cooper: The Undisputed Dignity of Womanhood (08-25-11)
M
anufactured Maids, Mammies and Falsified History: No White Help Wanted (08-18-11)
Remembering the Watts Revolt: Living the Legacy of Resistance (08-11-11)
Garvey's Lessons Of Life And Work: Being the Best of Ourselves (08-04-11)

July
Conversations With Dr. Carver: The Languages and Lessons of Nature (07-28-11)
Kawaida Reaffirmation And Resistance: Cultivating A Culture of Struggle (07-21-11)
The Liberation Psychology of Frantz Fanon: Struggle as Normative and Necessary (07-14-11)
Seeking Simple Justice: Demanding Humane Treatment at Pelican Bay (07-07-11)

June
Jaramogi Social Justice and Church: Black Liberation Theology and Struggle (06-30-11)
Soweto, Simba African Youth: Young Lions in Life and Struggle ( 06-23-11)
Remembering And Honoring Our Father: His Spirit, Mind, Speech and Specialness (06-16-11)
Criticizing Obama and the Established Order:
Complexity, Compromise and Consequences (06-09-11)

Abdias Nascimento at Palmares: Resistance, Affirmation and Self-Produced Possibility (06-02-11)

May
African Liberation Day: Harriet Tubman at the Crossroads, Menelik at Adua (05-26-11)
The Meaning and Measure of Malcolm: Remembrance and Rightful Reading (05-19-11)
Bloodlust Celebration and Bin Laden: An Unseemly Sense of Justice (05-12-11)


April

Reinventing Malcolm with Marable: Pursuing Pathology by Another Name
(04-21 to 05-05 --2011)

Wangari Maathai and Serudj Ta: Facing Mt. Kenya, Repairing the World (04-14-11)
King And Obama In Libya: Tenet or Tactic of Humanitarian Concern (04-07-11)

March
Sustainers Of The World: A Classical African Conception of Womanhood (03-31-11)
Planning Plunder of Libya In Paris: Resurrecting Bismarck in Berlin (03-24-11)
Crossing The Bridge At Selma: Remembrance, Reflection and Resistance (03-17-11)
Black Women"s History: Celebrating Miracles, Wonders and Struggle (03-10-11)
Nothing Less Than Liberation: Supporting Tunisia, Egypt and Libya ( 03-03-11)

February
Remembering And Re-Reading Woodson:
Envisioning An Emancipatory Education (02-24-11)
Lifting the Head High in Egypt: Getting Beyond Guided Democracy (02-17-11)
Reading Revolution into Revolt: Cautionary Notes on North Africa (02-10-11)
Black History: Its Meaning Message Forward Motion (02-03-11)

January
Living the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

A Sacred Narrative and Model (01-27-11)

Remembering Resistance and Revolution:

No Corporate Corner of History for Haiti (01-20-11)

Quoting the Constitution in Public:
Whistlin' Dixie in the Dark (01-13-11)
New Year, Enduring Issues:
Crafting an Agenda, Rebuiling a Movement (01-06-11)


2010

December
Symbols and Insights of Kwanzaa:
Deep Meanings and Expansive Message (12-27-10)
Annual Founders Kwanzaa Message
"Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba:
An Ethics of Sharing Good in the World (12-23-10)
Coming Into Compton:
The Continuous Quest for Quality Education (12-16-10)
Red-flagging and Sacrificing Rangel: Hypocrisy and Hurrah in the House (12-09-10)
Overcoming Catastrophe In Haiti: Election Illusions and Continued Struggle (12-02-10)

November
A Covenant With Ourselves:
Choosing Life, Rejecting Death (11-25-10)
The Ethics of Education:
Grounding Our Teaching, Learning and Life (11-18-10)
Midterm Racial Rage: Shifting Places in Race-Based Seats (11-11-10)
The Moral Vocation of Leadership:
Dedication, Discipline and Service (11-04-10)

October
Guarding The Gates Of Change:
Keeping Faith, Continuing Forward (10-28-10)
Us Message Waiting:
Maybe Got Mail, But Still Got Mission (10-21-10)
Fannie Lou Hamer Walking Off the Plantation:
Questioning and Transforming America (10-14-10)
Us Kawaida and Continuing Struggle: In Remembrance and Reaffirmation (10-07-10)

September
Mission and Meaning of Being African:
Forging a Future of Shared Good (09-30-10)
Righteous Reflections on Us: Lecture Notes for Our 45th (09-23-10)
Towards Re-Africanization: Kawaida, Culture, Revolution and Resistance (09-16-10)
Sermon On The Mall: Mocking Savior, Symbol and the People (09-09-10)
Remembering New Orleans: Beyond Changing Channels and Moving On (09-02-10)

August
Annulling Muslims' Religious Rights: Declaring Principle; Denying Practice (08-26-10)
Halifu, History and the Festival:
A Lived and Living Legacy (08-19-10)
Evil and Ugliness of Racism: Violence, Disadvantage and Struggle (08-12-10)
Sharing the Narrative of Shirley Sherrod: Lessons in Race and Racism (08-05-10)


July
Keeping Faith with Fanon:
Reaffirming the Cultural Revolultion (07-29-10)
Ida B. Wells: Troubling and Transforming the Waters (07-22-10)
The Moral Vocation of Leadership:
Dedication, Discipline and Service ( 07-15-10)
Waiting for Words of Justice: A Rightful and Dangerous Expectation (07-08-10)
Ukubuyisa for Seba Limbiko Tembo:
Righteous Remembrance and Returning (07-01-10)


June
The Ideal and Ethics of Ubuntu:
A Kawaida Conversation (06-24-10)
Beyond Species Arrogance:
Living Lightly and Humbly on the Earth (06-17-10)
Resisting the Erasure Of Blackness: Human Rights and Racial Justice (06-10-10)
Rebuilding a Culture of Struggle:
Breaking Chains Instead of Hugging Them (06-03-10)

May
Celebrating African Liberation Day:
Praising the People, Practicing Liberation ( 05-27-10)
Remembering Malcolm, Resisting Arizona:
A Call To Common Struggle ( 05-20-10)
A Rightful Reading Of History: Culture, Consciousness and Struggle (05-13-10)
The Confederate Mind of America:
Double-Consciousness and Double-Dealing (05-06-10)

April
Remembering Dr. Dorothy Height:
A Continuing Providential Presence Among Us ( 04-29-10)
Standing With Paul Robeson: Refusing to Change With the Weather ( 04-22-10)
African Renaissance and Cultural Consciousness:
Standing on Sacred Ground ( 04-15-10)
African Renaissance and Remembrance:
Celebration and Remembrance in Senegal (04-08-10)
Resurrection And Righteous Renewal:
Insights From Kemet, Garvey and Muhammad (04-01-10)

March
Meditating on Woman in the World:
Sacred Sources from Ancient Africa (03-25-10)
Playin' And Preying On 'Precious':
Playing on Pain and Racial Pathology (03-18-10)
Reaffirming Our Right To Exist: A Transformative Black Agenda (03-11-10)

February
Lucille Clifton:
Whole and Holy in the Season of Herself (02-25-10)
Ujamaa and Economic Empowerment:
Shared Work, Wealth and Well-Being (02-18-10)
For Imari Obadele: Free the Land, Liberate the People (02-11-10)
History, Memory and Struggle:
The Morality of Remembrance ( 02-04-10)

January
Justice in Haiti: Resisting Designs of Domination and Dependence (01-28-10)
Standing In Solidarity With Haiti:
Beyond Natural and Unnatural Disasters (01-21-10)
King and the Psychology of Freedom:
Self-Respect, Resistance and Resilience (01-14-10)
The Decade of Disenchantment: The Loss of Cherished Illusions ( 01-07-10)


2009
December
Righteous Reflection On Being African:
A Kwanzaa Meditation (12-31-09)
Principles and Practices of Kwanzaa: Repairing and Renewing the World (12-24-09

Annual Founder's Kwanzaa Message

Obama Overboard: Foundering in the Waters of War (12-17-09)
Rereading and Retrieving Douglass: Leadership Born of Earnest Struggle (12-10-09)
Storm-Riding With Thurman: A Depthful and Disciplined Spirituality (12-03-09)

November
Tommy Jacquette-Halifu: Warrior Who Rode the Wind (11-26-09)
Sojourner For A Season: Truth-Speaker For Life (11-19-09)
Deaths And Wounds Of War:
Signs and Symptoms at Home (11-12-09)
Wigging, Weaving and Burning Away Blackness: Post-Racial Hair and Hope (11-05-09)

October
Remembering the Million Man March:
Reflections on Memory and Mission (10-29-09)
Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer:
Leader With the Shining Light (10-22-09)
The Death Of Derrion Albert:
Living and Dying in America (10-15-09)
Essential Teachings of Messenger Muhammad:
A Careful Kawaida Reading (10-08-09)
Black/Africana Studies at 40:
Its Roots, Range and Relevance (10-01-09)

September
Celebrating Nkrumah's Centenary:
Reflections on His Unfolding Legacy (09-24-09)
Caring For Caster Semenya: Defending Her Sense of Self (09-17-09)
Us At 44:
Remembrance Reflection and Reaffirmation (09-10-09)
The Ethics of Health Care: Essential Kawaida Considerations (09-03-09)

August
Re-reading and Rethinking James Baldwin:
Rethinking Race and America, (08-27-09)
Blaming White Anxiety On Obama: Proxy Protests and Racial Rage, (08-20-09)
Africa United Renewed and Resurgent: An Urgent Project and Promise, (08-13-09)
Honoring The Watts Revolt: Rightful Remembrance and Renewed Resistance, (08-06-09)

July
Race, Rights, Police and President:
Transgressing the Gates of Harvard (07-30-09)
Obama Us And Others:
The Problematic of Being President (07-23-09)
Obama In Africa: Rethinking Reality and Responsibility (07-16-09)
Rollercoasting With Michael Jackson:
Rise, Ruin and Resurrection (07-09-09)
Frederick Douglass and the 4th of July: Searching for Affirmative Answers (07-02-09)

June
Libation For Limbiko Tembo:
Praise-Song for an African Princess (06-25-09)
Marking Father's Day:
Meditating on the Meaning of Manhood (06-18-09)
Foundations of Black Fatherhood:
Principles and Righteous Practice (06-11-09)
Stepping into the World: Grasping for the Good (06-04-09)

May
Confronting Police Killings:
Securing Protection from the "Protectors" (05-28-09)
African Liberation and Renaissance:
Beyond Borrowed and Debilitalting Space (05-21-09)
Remembering Malcolm:
Becoming and Being Ourselves (05-14-09)
Remembering the Miracle of Our Mother:
Sacred Words and Water (05-07-09)

April
Honoring August Wilson: Holding Hallowed Cultural Ground (04-30-09)
Big-PowerBanditry, Small-Scale Piracy: Towards A Deeper Discussion (04-23-09)
Art, Struggle and African Renaissance: FESMAN III (04-16-09)
In Remembrance And Recommitment: Invoking King, Continuing the Struggle (04-09-09)
Message and Mirror to America: Black History and John Hope Franklin (04-02-09)

March
Remembering Freedom's Journal:
Cherishing and Challenging the Black Press (03-26-09)
Building Righteous Relationships:
Ending Unrighteous Dealings (03-19-09)
Carrying the Shield of Oshun:
Meditating on Maat (03-12-09)
Hearing Thunder with Harriet Tubman:
Reaping the Harvests of History (03-05-09)

February
Revisiting the Radical Evil of Racism:
Cartoons, Cowards and National Complicity (02-26-09)
Dialoging with DuBois on History:
Preserving Memory, Maintaining Culture (02-19-09)
Lumumba in the House and in History:

Memories, Conversations and Current Urgencies (02-12-09)

Walking With Woodson in History:
Seeking Truth, Justice and Transformation (02-05-09)

January
Recovery And Hope In Haiti:
Expecting Audacity from Obama and Us 01-29-09)
Praise Song For A People: Prospects for a Transformative Presidency (01-22-09)
ReReading King: Correcting Revision & Reductive Interpretations of His Dream (01-15-09
)
Breaking the Betrayal of Silence: Ending the Suppression and Suffering of Palestine (01-08-09)
Needful Resolutions for the New Year:
Reflection, Reaffirmation and Recommitment (01-01-09)


2008

December
Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: Repairing and Renewing the World (12-25-08)
Justice and Dignity For All of Us:
Fulfilling the Promise in Practice (12-18-08)
Concerning Kwanzaa, Race and Religion: Particular, Universal and Common Ground (12-11-08)
Choosing Life in an Era of HIV/AIDS: Rejecting Silence, Self-Deception & Death (12-04-08)

November
Taking Struggle Seriously: Considering the State and Strength of Our People (11/27/08)
Blaming Blacks For White Behavior: Straight Talk About Gay Claims (11-20-08)
Reimagining the Future With Obama:
Being Aware, Organized and Engaged (11-13-08)
From Ancient Egypt to Barack Obama: Lessons in Righteous Leadership (11-06-08)

October
On Death Row with Troy Davis: Seeking His Life and Liberation (10-30-08)
Living Locally, Thinking Globally: A Call to Conference and Collaboration (10-23-08)
Fostering Fear and Selling Insanity:
Bullpittin and Spittin with Palin/McCain (10-16-08)
Fannie Lou Hamer Walking Off the Plantation:

Questioning and Transforming America (10-09-08)
Debating Downward: Too-Cool Barack and Just-not-with-it-John (10-02-08)

September
Us, The Movement and Memory:
In the Winds and Scales of History
Death and Devastation in Haiti: Again Hurricanes of History and Nature
Guarding Against the Guardians:
Seeking Sanctuary from Civil Servants
King, Katrina and the Presidential Candidate: Resisting the Erasure of History

August
Michelle Obama: Fighting for the World As It Should Be
Emulating Marcus and Amy Garvey: Lessons in Love and Struggle
Post Black and Continous White:
Misreading the Meaning of Obama
Reparations, Resistance and Re-Reading History: Lessons in Politics and Struggle

July
Obama in Berlin: Towards A World-Encompassing Consciousness
Peddling Pathology in the Media: Selling Dream, Drama and Dread
Self-Reflection v. Genuflection: Obama, Jesse and Generation Talk
Affirmative Action and Racial Justice: Requiem, Reaffirmation and Struggle
Fire and Flowering for Gwen Brooks: Blooming in the Whirlwind

June
Soweto, Simba and African Youth:
Young Lions in Life and Struggle
Obama's Nomination:
The Meaning and Measure of the Historical Moment
Routine Resolution in Rome: Continued Rising Resistance in the World
The Right to Food and the Future: Hunger with a Human Face

May
Stepping into the World: Grasping for the Good
Reaffirming African Liberation Day: Dealing With Its Deeper Meaning
Malcolm, Liberation, Jihad and Justice: Righteous Warrior and Witness to the World
In Reconciliation and Repair: Obama, Wright and the Rest of Us

Taking Lives and Faking Justice: Code Blue and Casualty Black

April
In Honor of Aimé Césaire: Thinking Clearly and Dangerously
Obama, Elections and the Movement: Problematics and Challenges of Change
Repairing and Remaking the World:
An Environmental Vision of Justice
Considering King's Martyrdom and Message: Losing Illusions and Gaining Truth

March
Healing and Hope with Obama: Negotiating Race, Racism and Reconciliation
Jeremiah, Jesus and Doing Justice: Obama's Church, Challenge and Campaign
Singing History With Sonia Sanchez: An Unfinished and Unfinishable Poem
Black Women In and As History: Sustainers of the World

February
Life Lessons of History: Our Ancestors and Ancient Egypt
Malcolm X, History and Struggle: Grounding, Insight and Action
Black Love: A Complementary and Species-Compelling Need
History, Heritage and Self-Forgetfulness: Renewing Memory and Continuing Struggle

January
Transcending Race with Barack Obama:
Rednecking with Arkansas Bill
Haiti and Africa Inside Us:
The Sacrifice, Grandeur and Struggle
King, Obama and the Movement:
Keeping Faith in the Future
An Ambivalent Embrace of Obama:
The Maturity or Masking of America
Notes for the New Year: Ancient African Ethical Teachings


2007

December
Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: Willing the Well-Being of the World
Bowing in Obeisance to Balozi: In Rightful Recognition and Instruction
Seeking and Securing Educational Justice: Issues of Equity, Access and Opportunity
Engaging the Issue of HIV/AIDS: No Room or Reason for Illusions

November
Measuring the Success of the Summit: Transmitting and Modeling Leadership
Beyond Polls and Pathological Discourse: Transforming Ourselves and the World
Rereading and Retrieving Douglass: Leadership Born of Earnest Struggle
Cultivating Quality Leadership: Reaffirming and Transmitting the Tradition
Relearning Lessons of Fire and Flood: Prophecies of Things to Come

October
Being About the Good: Life Lessons of Muhammad Nasserdeen
Not Just in Jena: Resurgent Racism Everywhere
Us, Kawaida and Continuing Struggle: In Remembrance and Reaffirmation

September
Jena and the Judgment of History: Issues of Justice and Struggle
Molefi Asante and the Afrocentric Initiative: Mapping His Intellectual Impact
Raising Up and Remembering Biko: Resisting the Bleaching of His Blackness
Linking New Orleans and Chincha: Judgment and Justice in Struggle

August
Contemplating Anna Julia Cooper: The Undisputed Dignity of Womanhood
Asa's Coming Home to Kemet: Returning to the Upward Ways
Garvey's Lessons of Life and Work: Being the Best of Ourselves
The Moral Vocation of Leadership: Dedication, Discipline and Service
Kawaida Philosophy and Practice: Questions of Life and Struggle

July
Black Power, Obama and Race: The Idea and Ethics of Blackness
Remembering Audacious Black Power: Revisiting the Model and Meaning
Africa United and In Stride: For Itself and Global Good
Hommage to David Brothers: Worthy Son and Servant of Africa

June
The Mission and Meaning of Being African: Forging a Future of Shared Good
Maintaining the Meaning of Juneteenth: Staying Focused on Freedom
Being Fathers and Men: Raising Up and Rightful Practice
Beyond Minstrels, Mammies and Mascots: Demanding and Practicing Respect

May
Stepping Into the World: Grasping for the Good
Defining African Liberation Day: Celebrating Thru Struggle and Living Practice
Malcolm, Maat and Black Spirituality: Repairing Ourselves and the World
Police Restraint, Reform and Struggle: No Easy Walk in the Park

April
Random Disasters and Daily Realities: Race, Remembrace and Racialized Retrospection
Interpreting Our Righteous Outrage: Retaining Its Spirit and Specialness
The Campaign Against Poverty: An Ethical Foundation and Framework
Beyond the Ruins of War: The Work and Promise of Peace

March
Realities in Black and Brown: Critical Concerns and Common Ground
Africana Studies at 40: Reaffirmation, Recommitment and Renewal
The Oshun Question and Quest: Uplifting Women and the World
Speaking Freedom, Celebrating the People: Ghana@50, Nkrumah@First
The Sacred Narrative of Africans: A Chosen and Challenged People

February
The Flawed Founding of America: Jamestown and Herrenvolk Democracy
The Racial Reliability of Obama: Unworthy and Contradictory Conversation
Boukman and the Voice of Freedom: Standing in Solidarity with Haiti
History and the Lessons from Long Beach: Leadership, Principles and Struggle

January
Ethical Insights from Odu Ifa: Choosing to be Chosen
King and Our Moral Mission: Transforming Ourselves in the World
Oprah in Africa: Not Just Home for the Holidays
Resolving to be African in the World: Remembrance, Meditation and Commitment

 


Intellectuals and the Future of Africa:
Some Preliminary Observations

Dr. Maulana Karenga
2003 September 21-22
A New York Conference on the
Contribution of African Diasporan Intellectuals to the
African Union and the New Partnership for Africa's Development

Habari gani? Let me say first I am very honored to participate in this critical conference on "Intellectuals and the Future of Africa". more»

Statement on Peace, Justice and Resistance to War

Dr. Maulana Karenga
2003 February 28

We live in difficult and dangerous times and now stand, bracing ourselves, on the brink of an almost certain war which could engulf the world in ways no one can perceive or predict...more»

Peace, Justice and Resistance to War
Dr. Maulana Karenga

In spite of the Bush administration's unilateral decision to wage war against Iraq, we must continue to resist and oppose it. For the war against Iraq is a war against the Iraqi people without justification and thus unjust, immoral and illegal... more»

King and the Question of War, Peace and Justice:
Issues of Life and Death, Justice and Peace
Dr. Maulana Karenga

It is the teaching of our ancestors that "to do that which is of value is for eternity. A person called forth by his work does not die, for his name is raised and remembered because of it" (The Husia)...more»

Race, Reason and the Sniper Case
Dr.
Maulana Karenga
2002 October 27

The arrest of two African Americans as primary suspects in the sniper killings which terrorized the Washington area for three weeks has caused a number of mixed emotions in the African American community ...more»

THE ETHICS OF REPARATIONS: Engaging the Holocaust of Enslavement
Dr. Maulana Karenga
'01 June 22-23

The struggle for reparations for the Holocaust of Enslavement of African people is clearly one of the most important struggles being waged in the world today. ...more»

9/11, Sharing the Burden and Possibilities of the Crisis
Dr.
Maulana Karenga
'01 September 17

It was actually there, not just on TV this time, but actually live in New York and Washington ...more»

March in Resistance, Rally for Justice
'01 January 14, Los Angeles, CA

The meaning of the massive marches which will take place in Washington, D.C. and around the country during the inauguration of George W. Bush goes beyond any single event....more»

Third Annual Celebration of Cuba's Internationalism
Saturday, '98 January 31 - Los Angeles, California

The Organization Us joins all freedom-loving peoples around the world in standing in solidarity with the Cuban people in their heroic and historic struggle to defend their right of self determination and to break out of the unjust and immoral economic boycott by the U.S. government. ...more»

Kawaida Analysis on Critical Issues
Dr. Maulana Karenga

THE CIA, DRUGS AND GUNS:
The Challenge of Struggle
Harambee Notes: Aug/Sept 96

The recent revelations of the CIA's pushing drugs and guns in the Black community confronts us with an important challenge. And we must avoid the tendency to engage in episodic anger with the system and use the issue as another ground of struggle ...more»

Kawaida Analysis on Critical Issues
Dr. Maulana Karenga

Rap, Death, Dignity and Struggle
Harambee Notes: Aug/Sept 96

In discussing the death of Tupac Shakur, one of the first things we have to do is to develop an Afrocentric position in order to make sure we distinguish our position from the one that our oppressor has taken.. ...more»

Statement of Solidarity with the Mexican Community
Harambee Notes: Apr/May 96

On behalf of my organization Us and African people, we come to stand in solidarity with the Mexican community in the struggle against the recent brutal police beating of the Mexican immigrants that reminds us so much of the Rodney King case,...more»

Black Church Burnings:
The Outrage, Terror and Talk of Fire
Dr. Maulana Karenga
Harambee Notes: Jun/Jul 96

Discussing unspeakable acts of horror and revulsion is always difficult. This is so not only because we often lack adequate words to describe them, but also because we often lack a clear understanding of their nature, motivation and meaning...more»

The Million Man March and Day of Absence:
A Position Paper
Harambee Notes: Dec 95/Jan 96

We, the women of the Senut Society and the Organization Us, stand in ongoing solidarity with Black men in life and struggle and are supporters, participants and partners in the joint project of the Million Man March in Washington, D.C....more»

 

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