Dr Maulana Karenga

“Practicing Pan-Africanism with Nana Marcus Garvey: The Retrieval, Redemption and Liberation of Global Africa” 

At this hour of urgency and needed liberative initiatives in African and human history, and in this month, Black August, the site and source of such instructive memory and intensified movement, the name, life and legacy of Nana Marcus Garvey looms large as a model and mirror for our assessing and achieving our liberational goals in moving ahead in these rough and exacting times. 

Recalling Our Kawaida Maatian Master Class: Careful Thought About Things That Matter 

The emerging age of the centrality of artificial intelligence in our lives unavoidably raises the question of the increasing imposed artificiality of our lives, not only in terms of the mediating and problematic role of machines, screens and devices in our relations with each other, but also our conceptions of a good life, a good person and a good society. 

Bearing Witness to the Wonder of Nana JoAnn Watson: Waking Up Detroit, Us and the World 

Let us pause and bow our heads and raise our hands in rightful remembrance and praise for our beloved sister, freedom fighter, pastor, professor and political leader, reparations advocate and activist, and radio and TV host of “Wake Up Detroit,” a helper in time of need and “one who comes at the voice of the caller,” the Most Reverend Dr. JoAnn Watson who came into being April 19, 1951, and made transition and ascension on July10, 2023.  

Racial Justice, Reparations and Affirmative Action: Resisting Supreme Court Racist Fantasies and Fiats 

At the outset, let me begin by reassuring us and our opponents that regardless of the recent racist ruling of the Supreme Court to end affirmative action, this is not the end of our life or our struggle. Indeed, we have clearly weathered worst winters of White racism and supremacy and have repeatedly stood up defiantly in the coffins of oppression designed for our social death and continued our awesome and toll-taking march toward freedom.  

Frederick Douglass, July 4th and Us: Freedom, False Claims, Bad Faith and Unavoidable Struggle 

Whether we discuss emancipation in June, independence in July, revolt and revolution in August, Kwanzaa and cultural and political liberation in December, or achievements against the odds, resilience and resistance in February, the issue, imperative and urgency of freedom and struggle are always with us. Indeed, it runs like a red line through our most ancient, awesome and humanity-revealing history.  

Being Belafonte On the Battlefront: Summoning Radical Thinking and the Rebellious Heart 

There is clearly so much to say in paying rightful homage to Nana Harry Belafonte in meaningfully marking his recent transition and ascension to sit in the sacred circle of the ancestors, and people around the world have been offering well-deserved and appropriate praise to him. I had seen him first at the funeral service for Nana Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for whom he was a good friend, fundraiser, counselor, and strategist and had sung his songs while still in high school.  

New Year Wishes and Work: Pursuing and Practicing Peace 

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.