Dr Maulana Karenga

African Liberation, South Africa, Palestine and Us: Some Notes on Radically Reordering the World

As we celebrate this year’s African Liberation Day (May 25), it is important to note that we are passing through a pivotal and powerful moment in African and human history. And the central sites for this time of radical turning are in Palestine, South Africa, in this country and on countless campuses and elsewhere around the world. And we as African peoples are linked to it in various ways as allies in struggle and as midwives and co-makers of a new unfolding history, not only for Palestine and the Palestinian people, but also for us and indeed, for the world.  

Césaire, Colonialism and the Genocidal War in Palestine: Concerning Israel, the U.S., Europe and Hitlerian Havoc 

As we witness and work and struggle to end the Israeli genocidal war against the Palestinian people, the century-old brutal intervention and occupation of Haiti, the U.S. and Europe complicity and culpability in these horrors, and the savage oppressions of various kinds across the globe, a critical look at history is morally, intellectually, and politically imperative.  

Sustainers and Shapers of the World: A Classical African Conception of Womanhood  

In the midst of the current state of the world with all its faces and forces of genocide, injustice, evil and oppression, I reach back in the practice of sankofa to retrieve and bring forth the timeless ancient ethical wisdom of our honored ancestors. And I do this realizing the awesome unequal suffering of women and children in this month and moment of history and in honor of their defiant and radical refusal to be defeated, to be resigned in despair or to cease their resistance in opposition to oppression and in affirmation of their dignity, humanity and indispensable role

Forging Our Future With Our Past: Reclaiming Our History and Humanity In Struggle 

Emerging and emergent conversations about our future as a people conducted in the community and academy in the midst of ever evolving technology, AI and related ideas, apprehensions and aspirations bring to mind the dual focus on the lessons of our history and the ethical concerns for our humanity. As Nana Haji Malcolm taught, history is a vital resource and indeed an arsenal of knowledge for our struggle from which we can draw to protect and promote our humanity and conceive, fashion and forge a future in the cultural image and human interest of our people.  

Meanings, Mapping and Making History: The Significance and Centrality of Struggle 

It is Haji Malcolm, Maulana (Master Teacher) and constant soldier, who taught not only the centrality and indispensability of knowing history, but also the urgent imperative to map out its meaning and course and make it consciously and conscientiously. Indeed, he said, “We must recapture our heritage (history) and our identity if we are to ever liberate ourselves from the bonds of white supremacy.”  

Musing on History with Haji Malcolm: The Foundational Field of Critical Study 

When Nana Haji Malcolm X taught and stressed the foundational importance of the critical study of history, he was responding not only to the ongoing need for historical knowledge in all times and places, but also to the context of his times and the liberational role of history in the unfolding Black Freedom Movement.  

Haiti at the Center of Our Moral Concern: Ending the Suffering, Achieving Genuine Self-Determination  

In the midst of our rightful concern and support for the many oppressed and struggling peoples of the world, the people of Haiti must also remain at the center of our moral consideration in ongoing active and effective ways. This is said in full recognition and respect of the numerous sites of severe oppression and even genocidal campaigns against the different and vulnerable peoples of the world. 

Living a Life of Love and Struggle: Keeping the Faith and Holding the Line 

As the edges of the years meet and merge and this year becomes the next New Year, we are asked by our honored ancestors and obligated by the urgencies of our times to pause and ponder the critical questions and issues confronting us, all African peoples, and the world. And we are to do this with parallel questioning and consideration of who we are, what we are to do because of who we are, and how we are to do what we must do because of who we are.

Righteous Reflection On Being African: A Kwanzaa Meditation 

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.  

Barbara Lee, Laphonza Butler and Us: The Nettlesome Problems Newsom Has Posed

Regardless of the moral compass, political calculus and complex consideration we use, navigating the muddy, murky and riptide waters of America’s racialized two-party politics has always been for us as a people a precarious, perilous and certainly problematic practice. And we are certainly reminded of this by the recent nettlesome and problematic appointment by Gov. Gavin Newsom of now Sen. Laphonza Butler instead of Rep. Barbara Lee to fill California’s vacant U.S. Senate seat and our need to respond to it in the most effective and beneficial ways.  

Remembering Our Massive Marches in Washington: Memory, Tradition, Demands and the Unfinished Struggle

As we commemorate the 1963 March on Washington, if we remember and reason rightly about our most massive marches in Washington, the threatened “thundering March” on Washington in 1941, the March on Washington in 1963, and the Million Man March in 1995, we realize that they have similar and interlocking lessons, aims and aspirations rooted in our centuries-old and ongoing righteous struggle for freedom as a people