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Dr. Maulana Karenga
Righteous and Relentless Struggle: Reflections on the Principle and Practice
September 21, 2016
Malcolm X had taught us that being responsible to the people must be contrasted with being “responsible” in the eyes of the oppressor ... read more »
Rejecting the ‘New’ Kwanzaa Stamp Resisting Redefinition and Reductive Renditions
September 14, 2016
The appreciation and preservation of the integrity, beauty and expansive meaning of Kwanzaa are rooted in the hearts, minds and practice of African people. It is they who must and do uphold and defend its integrity, recognize and reaffirm its beauty and constantly seek to understand and share its expansive meaning. ... read more »
Cultural Grounding, Unbudging Blackness and Steadfastness in Struggle
September 8, 2016
This September 7th marks the 51st Anniversary of the organization Us, born in the struggle, nurtured in the storm and sustained through unyielding dedication, discipline, sacrifice and service. ... read more »
Re-Reading and Reflecting on James Baldwin: Rethinking Race and America
August 31, 2016
The last time I saw James Baldwin was at a memorial colloquium on Hoyt Fuller at Cornell University in 1984 at which we were both presenting. ... read more »
Kinds and Colors of Loss and Grief: Problems of Unity Without Justice
August 30, 2016
Indeed, ours is a righteous and relentless struggle whose battlefronts and battle lines are everywhere ... read more »
Police, Oppression and Trauma: Learning to Live and Resist in America
August 30, 2016
Indeed, we must find ourselves standing at the crossroads ever and again with Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass and all our other ancestors so positioned ... read more »
Muhammad Ali in Context: Resisting the Erasure and Diminishing of Blackness
August 30, 2016
We need to stop doing what no other people feel compelled or justified in doing, whether Gentile or Jew, Japanese, Chinese, French or German or others ... read more »
Halifu, Breaker of the Unjust Law: Righteous Rebellion and Institution-Building
August 30, 2016
This is a legacy of righteous resistance and institution-building; and how can we best honor it, except by living it and leaving it larger? ... read more »
Gleaning Marcus Garvey’s Lessons in Struggle: Questioning, Organizing and Liberating Ourselves
August 30, 2016
Garvey says that the first need is for men and women committed to and ready for the demands of history and struggle ... read more »
Message from Watts: Liberation is Coming from a Black Thing
August 10, 2016
The year 1965 began on an ominous and unsettling note—the assassination and martyrdom of Malcolm X, the Fire Prophet. Even in the white and winter cold of February, it was a sign of the coming fire. Indeed, it pointed toward the fiery fulfillment of prophecy which Malcolm, himself, had predicted. It was there, too, in the title of James Baldwin’s classic, The Fire Next Time. And it was the topic of countless conversations around the country. Baldwin had taken his title from a line in a Black gospel song which says: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water the fire next time.” And this, for us, was the fundamental time of turning when the fire would be this time. ... read more »
Contemplating Anna Julia Cooper: The Undisputed Dignity of Black Womanhood
August 3, 2016
In her varied roles, Dr. Cooper provided us with some of the most important insights in Black and women’s liberation ... read more »
Remembering Audacious Black Power: Revisiting the Model and Meaning
July 13, 2016
The Black Freedom Movement culminates in the Black Power Movement which leaves a special legacy of ideas and action worthy of study and emulation of its best thought and practice. Central to this process was the Black Power Conferences which brought the major Black Power organizations, organizers, leaders and advocates together to form a united front, pass resolutions on critical positions, and set in motion projects of enduring value. ... read more »
The Legacies of Mary M. Bethune: Knowledge, Sacrifice, Service and Struggle
July 7, 2016
We cannot move through or pass the month of July without paying homage to our foremother, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, ... read more »
Soweto, Simba and African Youth: Young Lions in Life and Struggle
June 22, 2016
This month throughout the world African community to mark the Soweto Uprising ... read more »
Another Letter for Limbiko: Spring and Summer Sounds of Happiness
June 1, 2016
This month of May marks the seventh year we have celebrated your birthday at the Center without the spring and summer sounds of you happy, the loving appreciation of your eyes and voice and the warmth of your presence and reaching out, ... read more »
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