Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Dr Maulana Karenga
Wishing for Wakanda, Marooned in America: Movies and Matters of Reflection and Resistance 
March 8, 2018
In the midst of the wide-spread euphoria about the debatable real and actually imagined qualities, achievements and benefits of the fantasy movie, “The Black Panther”, it is good to remember that no matter how long we stay in the theater and no matter how many times we return to cheer, clap and dance in the dark, sooner or later the lights will come on, and we will have to exit and confront the off-screen, cold-water reality of America. ... read more »
The Four Good Deeds of Ra: Maatian Moral Notions of Human Rights
January 25, 2018
The deep thinking of our ancestors about ethical issues of being human and doing good in the world is nowhere more evident or important than the text in the Book of Vindication (or Coffin Texts) in the Husia titled “The Four Good Deeds of Ra” which offer a foundational source for human rights and human good. ... read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Celebration of Fannie Lou Hamer’s 100th Birthday
October 12, 2017
Crumble expressed that he was the first in his family to attend college; he was ready to give up in his first semester due to an unfriendly atmosphere and a feeling of disconnect, until an African Studies class in womanism introduced him to Hamer. ... 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 »
Holding Ground in the Hurricane: Remembrance, Reaffirmation and Righteous Struggle
September 7, 2017
It is good, then, that we remember the lessons learned from that great suffering, cold and callous treatment and righteous struggles waged for justice, for rescue, relief and rebuilding for our people as well as others. ... read more »
Garvey in the Whirlwind: The Lesson and Legacy of Struggle
August 24, 2017
If there is no peace without justice, there can be no justice without freedom. ... read more »


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