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Living the Legacy of Our History: Resolutions for Righteous and Relentless Struggle
January 11, 2018
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. And it systematically urges us to move on to the TV spectacles, tech toys and shopping sprees that divert us and make too many of us avoid the serious, dismiss, deny or downplay the suffering of others, and seek the comfortable places in oppression posed as the sensible, safe and “normal” thing to do. ... read more »
New Year Wishes and Work: Pursuing and Practicing Peace
January 4, 2018
The end and beginning of the years always find us in a critical period of transition in which, responding to the mandates of our moral tradition and the human urgencies of our history as African people, we are compelled to continue forward and turn our best New Year wishes into our most committed work. ... read more »
Annual Founder’s Kwanzaa Message—2017 (Part 2)
December 28, 2017
“Practicing the Principles of Kwanzaa: Repairing, Renewing and Remaking Our World” ... read more »
Kwanzaa: A Season of Celebration and Sharing Good 
December 21, 2017
This year unfolds and brings to the fore the 51st anniversary of the pan-African holiday Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, community and culture ... read more »
A Covenant With Ourselves: Choosing Life, Rejecting Death
December 7, 2017
In the historical narrative of his return to Kemet to end isfet, political anarchy and injustice, and to re-establish Maat, a just and rightful order, the Nubian Pharaoh Piankhi speaks of this choice of life or death. ... read more »
Intensifying the Struggle in Turbulent Times: Resisting FBI’s New Racial Identity Targeting
November 30, 2017
It is also, then, to criminalize and discourage Black resistance, an attempt to intimidate and terrorize activists and potential activists, sowing fear, doubt and heightening concern for safety, security and stigmatization for work, career and life. ... read more »
Rethinking Thanksgiving: Beyond Big Turkeys and Small Talk
November 23, 2017
The histories and holidays of the oppressed, colonized and enslaved are, of necessity, different from the history and holidays of the oppressor, the colonizer and the enslaver. ... read more »
Becoming Our Black Selves Again: Righteously Being and Freeing Ourselves
November 16, 2017
And it will and must be a future forged in struggle, and self-consciously committed to human freedom, racial and social justice, world peace and ultimately the well-being and flourishing of the world and all in it. ... read more »
Remembering the Million Man March: Reflections on Memory and Mission
November 2, 2017
The Mission Statement concludes with a challenge and call to us, ourselves, to sustain and institutionalize this moment and Movement. ... read more »
Fannie Lou Hamer and Righteous Resistance: Courageous Questioning in Thought and Practice
October 26, 2017
Mao Zedong, the Chinese revolutionary leader, had called for “power to the people” and Mrs. Hamer reminded us “power is the people”, the people united, self-conscious agents of their own life and liberation, refusing to be dispirited, diverted or defeated. ... read more »
Remaking History With Mrs. Hamer: Raising Questions and Empowering Our People
October 19, 2017
And no need to say, “I’m not going to get in the mess, because if you were born in America with a Black face, you were born in the mess”. ... read more »
Fannie Lou Hamer Walking Off the Plantation: Questioning and Transforming America
October 12, 2017
I’m sick of symbolic things; we’re fighting for our lives”. Thus, for Obama’s election to be more than a useful symbol for a country unable to criticize and seriously change itself, it must be part and parcel of our struggle to save and expand lives ... read more »
Patriotism, Flags and Playing Fields: Unhinging Trump and Unsettling America
September 28, 2017
It is clearly an irony of history that such serious subjects as race and racism would find a place of protest and resistance on the playing fields of America, sites of entertainment and distraction from the pressing problems of society and the world. ... read more »
Continuing to Move Defiantly Forward: Righteously Resisting the Backward Thrust
September 21, 2017
Continuing to reach back and reflect on the ground on which we stand, the essential and upward lifting work we do and the righteous and relentless struggle we wage, this is a statement I wrote for our 40th anniversary and posted on our Us website. It is no less real or relevant today and merits critical consideration as we continue defiantly forward in the midst of the backward yearning, yelping and rightwing madness that surrounds us. ... read more »
Overturning Ourselves: Turning Weaknesses Into Strength and Greater Struggle
September 14, 2017
Neither can we, disoriented by frustration or imagined defeat allow ourselves the luxury and lethargy of withdrawal. ... read more »
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