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Simba Wachanga and the Constant Soldier: Lessons from Young and Ageless Lions 
September 29, 2022
This column, on this our 57th anniversary and in this the 228th exacting season of our organization Us’ righteous and relentless struggle, is dedicated to Ngao (Shield of the Nation) Damu, ... read more »
The Righteously Royal Women of Us: No Hereditary King or Queen Among Them 
September 22, 2022
On this the 57th year and 228th season of our coming into being as an organization, it is morally imperative and historically necessary to pay rightful homage to the righteously royal women of Us who have made Us and all we have dared and done possible.   ... read more »
The Seven-Fold Path of Blackness: Color, Culture and Self-Conscious Practice 
September 15, 2022
Since the Sixties, we of Us have understood, engaged and embraced Blackness as a very serious and sacred way of being and becoming in the world, an African way, a unique and equally valid and valuable way of being human with all its rich and varied possibilities and worthy of the highest respect.   ... read more »
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Out of the Fires of August: Then, the Exacting Seasons of Constant Struggle 
September 8, 2022
It is a beautiful memory and uplifting thought to realize our organization Us was conceived in the fiery and formative womb of the August 1965 Revolt of our people and emerges and comes into being in the aftermath of our people’s continuing efforts and struggles to end police brutality and violence, economic and other exploitation, and the White supremacy and systemic racism that produce, sanction and foster these and other forms of anti-Black and anti-other oppression.   ... read more »
Tambiko for Three Simba/Saidi of Us: Lions of August and All-Seasons Soldiers 
August 25, 2022
This is tambiko, sacred words and water offered in remembrance and rightful honor of three Simba/Saidi of Us, three Lions of August and all-seasons soldiers: Nana Sebati Wasifu Tangulifu, Nana Omowale Tambuzi and Nana Robert Tambuzi.   ... read more »
Revolution and Continuing Resistance in Hayti: A Radical Refusal To Be Defeated 
August 18, 2022
 As we celebrate and commemorate this month of revolution and resistance, we call Black August, we of necessity pay rightful and special homage to the people of Haiti who mark on August 14th their 231st anniversary of the Bwa Kayiman Liberation Gathering of men and women to plan their world historical struggle which would result in a victorious revolution that has deep and enduring meaning for the quest, concept and practice of freedom throughout world.   ... read more »
Again, A Message From Watts:   Liberation Is Coming From A Black Thing 
August 11, 2022
The year 1965 began on an ominous and unsettling note — the assassination and martyrdom of Nana 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 Nana Malcolm, himself, had predicted.   ... read more »
Welcoming August, Honoring Our Ancestors: Continuing, Intensifying and Expanding the Struggle 
August 4, 2022
Since the transforming struggles of the Sixties, it has been for us in the organization Us, both a reaffirmation of our commitment and a reenforcing reminder to begin our day with the centering thought and declaration: “it is a good day to struggle.”   ... read more »
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The Legacies of Nana Mary M. Bethune: Knowledge, Sacrifice, Service and Struggle
July 28, 2022
Certainly, practicing the morality of remembrance, we cannot pass the month of July without paying rightful homage to our foremother, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, born July 10, 1875, laying down in peace and rising up in radiance May 18, 1955.   ... read more »
Swahili, Pan-Africanism and the Practice of Freedom: A Language of Liberation, Community and Culture – Part 2
July 21, 2022
  My interest in and embrace of Kiswahili as a pan-African language of choice raised questions of how best to communicate this choice and initiative to the African American community as well as the larger world African community. ... read more »
Swahili, Pan-Africanism and the Practice of Freedom: A Language of Liberation, Community and Culture – Part 1 
July 14, 2022
The rapid rise of the Swahili language to global reach and significance reflected in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designating July 7, 2022, as World Kiswahili Language Day brings with it a profound sense of elation and satisfaction of work well done to all those in Africa, the U.S. and around the world who worked hard to achieve this rightful recognition of it.   ... read more »
Keeping Faith with Nana Fanon, Reaffirming the Cultural Revolution 
July 7, 2022
Nana Frantz Fanon (July 20,1925–December 6, 1961), noble ancestor and teacher of the righteous, radical and transformative word, believed in Africa’s capacity to repair, raise and renew itself, and in the African people’s will to unite and liberate themselves, bring into being a new world, woman and man, and start a new history of Africa and humankind.   ... read more »
The Music and Magic of Blackness: The Centering and Sustaining Beauty of Soul 
June 23, 2022
 It is good to sing and celebrate ourselves, to dance in honor of the divine spark and specialness within each of us, and to rejoice in the midst of the sacred music we together make in the many ways we love and struggle to do and share good in the world. But our celebrations must always be rooted in and reflective of our own agency, our own image and own interests. ... read more »
The Caring Presence and Practice of Fatherhood: A Compelling Call and Continuing Need
June 16, 2022
This is a Father’s Day message for Black fathers, African fathers, made more  urgent and needed by the constantly changing and ever challenging times in which we strive to live good lives, do our work well, and wage victorious struggles of smaller and larger kinds.   ... read more »
America in Crisis Between Massacres and Myths: Seeking a Moral Compass and Commitment to Change 
June 2, 2022
America is in crisis, having become a society against itself, moving from massacre to massacre seemingly with a mad hatter’s moral compass and a woefully insufficient moral commitment to clear a path to put the gun down as solution and salvation and stop the disabling and deadly violence against those different and vulnerable and even its chosen children.   ... read more »
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