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Rereading King in Critical Times: Mapping and Making Our Way Forward
January 13, 2022
This is a revisiting and rereading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, work and legacy, and another attempt to extract from the enduring relevance of his insight and experiences, lessons by which we can better live our lives, do our work and wage our righteous and relentless struggle for good in the world. ... read more »
The Joy and Justice of Archbishop Tutu: In Remembrance, Reflection and Honor
January 6, 2022
We honor Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu in his name and work, as honored priest and prophet of his faith; self-giving servant of his people; theologian who placed the well-being of the world at the center of his thought and practice. ... read more »
Righteous Reflection On Being African: A Kwanzaa Meditation
December 30, 2021
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. ... read more »
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Annual Founder’s Kwanzaa Message
December 23, 2021
Heri za Kwanzaa. Happy Kwanzaa to African people everywhere throughout the world African community. We bring and send you Kwanzaa greetings of celebration, solidarity and continued struggle for a shared good in the world. And in the words and way of our ancestors, we wish for you all things good, pure and beautiful, all the good that heaven grants, the earth produces and the waters bring forth from their depths. Hotep. Ashe. Heri. ... read more »
Kwanzaa’s Meaning in the Midst of Pandemic:
December 16, 2021
Each year at Kwanzaa we celebrate the good in and of the world. We celebrate the good of family, community and culture; the good hoped for and harvested, achieved and enjoyed, worked for, witnessed and brought to fruition. ... read more »
The Ahmaud Arbery Verdict and Victory:
December 2, 2021
Our waiting for and finally hearing the verdict in the trial of the three murderers of Ahmaud Arbery, like that with George Floyd, compelled us to ride a roller coaster of mixed emotions, from relief and rejoicing to reflection and recommitment, and always, whether evident or just below the surface, a righteous anger and sadness at the evil and injustice committed. ... read more »
Ranting and Raging Against Critical Race Theory: An Epidemic of Racist Reaction to Truth
November 18, 2021
In the midst of the pandemic of Covid 19 and the continuing pathology of oppression, there has emerged an epidemic of racist reactions to the truth of the real founding and functioning of the United States of America. ... read more »
Meditating on the Meaning of Struggle: Valuing Our Inward and Outward Striving
November 4, 2021
Those of us who still wage righteous and relentless struggle inwardly and outwardly to live a liberated, good and meaningful life will continuously find invaluable sources for grounding and growth in the enduringly relevant and deeply insightful sacred teachings of our ancestors found in the Odu Ifa. ... read more »
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Manhood, Mission and the Million Man March: Transformative Practice and Policy in Struggle
October 28, 2021
The meaning and mission of manhood, especially Black manhood, is an ancient and ongoing question, for it is not only about a presence, but also about a process and practice, and not only about just being, but also about constantly becoming. In a word, it is about ever striving and struggling to be our best and come into the fullness of ourselves as men, African men and human beings. ... read more »
Living the Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer: Sharing and Shaping Ourselves in Struggle
October 21, 2021
Her faith taught her to believe in the eventual triumph of change for the good ... read more »
Raising the Million Man March: Remembering and Reaffirming Its Mission
October 14, 2021
It was 26 years ago, October 16, 1995, that we stood firmly together, 2 million plus strong in Washington, D.C. Called to action by Min. Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam and the critical juncture and demands of our history, we declared our commitment to assume a new and expanded responsibility in life, love and struggle. Below follows an excerpt from the Million Man March/Day of Absence Mission Statement focusing on the shared responsibility of Black men and women in holding themselves responsible, as well as the government and corporate world, and raising issues insightfully and compelling current. ... read more »
Still Under the Broken Bridge of Immigration: Resisting With Our Haitian and Other Relatives
October 7, 2021
The U.S. must stop imposing on Haiti its imperialist system of domination, deprivation and degradation ... read more »
Talk Freedom to the People: Framing Our Future in Struggle
September 30, 2021
As we of the Organization Us closeout a month-long celebration of our 56th anniversary, I want to reshare with you an article I previously wrote concerning the praise and practice of freedom. For it is in the five broad areas of our liberation struggle, i.e., education, mobilization, organization, confrontation and transformation, that freedom is liberating and liberated ground on which we stand. ... read more »
The Radical Emergence of Kawaida Philosophy: A Critical Time of Turning
September 23, 2021
Again, in our continuing celebration and assessment of our 56 years and 224 seasons of work, service, struggle and institution-building as the organization Us, we are ultimately and unavoidably led to Kawaida philosophy. ... read more »
Celebrating and Living the Nguzo Saba: Accessing the African in Us
September 16, 2021
In celebrating our organization Us’ 56 years and 224 seasons of service, work, struggle and institution-building, we are inevitably and unavoidably led to the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles of Kawaida philosophy and Kwanzaa. ... read more »
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