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Malcolm X
Righteous and Relentless Struggle: 
Reflections on the Principle and Practice
August 30, 2018
Even without understanding it in the depth that would come later, we were in, 1965, a new generation building on centuries of sacrifice and struggles of all those who preceded us, those who cleared firm and sacred ground on which we stood and still stand and who opened essential and upward ways on which we would continue the unfinished struggle for liberation and ever higher levels of human life. In speaking of this history, Mary McLeod Bethune told us we are heirs and custodians of a great legacy," but we were not always able to recognize and rightfully respect the historical and cultural ties of life and struggle that bound us with each preceding generation. ... read more »
Living and Singing Soul with Aretha: Respecting Our Awesome and Soulful Selves
August 23, 2018
Whatever others may say in clearly deserved praise and homage to Aretha Franklin, it is vitally important that we, as persons and a people, speak our own special cultural truth about her and make our own unique assessment of her music, life, service and meaning to us. Here I mean not letting others’ descriptions of her and her music serve as an orientation and framework for our own praise and proper due, but rather reaching inside ourselves and understanding and speaking of her in a multiplicity of meaningful and praise-worthy ways drawn and distilled from the depths of our own hearts and our own culture. ... read more »
Towards the Mountaintop: Commemorating Dr. King
“Towards the Mountaintop: Commemorating Dr. King” is a live stage event to honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s passing and the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. ... read more / view event »
Message From Watts: Liberation is Coming From A Black Thing
August 16, 2018
The year 1965 began on an ominous and unsettling note—the assassination and martyrdom of 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 Malcolm, himself, had predicted. It was there, too, in the title of James Baldwin’s classic, The Fire Next Time. And it was the topic of countless conversations around the country. Baldwin had taken his title from a line in a Black gospel song which says: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time.” And this, for us, was the fundamental time of turning when the fire would be this time. ... read more »
Rosa Parks House Has Buyers, Working Out Details
August 2, 2018
The house was included in an auction by Guernsey's in New York as part of a larger sale of African American cultural and historic items. It was listed with a minimum bid of $1 million, with a presale estimate of $1 million to $3 million. ... read more »
Unpublished Parts of Malcolm X’s Autobiography Auctioned Off
August 2, 2018
For decades, scholars have wanted to get a closer look at unpublished sections of a towering 20th century book, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X,'' including cut chapters that may have contained some of the most explosive thoughts of the African American firebrand assassinated in 1965.  ... read more »
Blacks Must Not Be Chained to Traditional Politics
July 26, 2018
Increasingly tough issues facing Blacks in the 21stcentury underscore the need for new and more effective leadership: It follows that new, client and community-oriented political and economic strategies are a must. Since partisan politics is neither designed nor particularly concerned with improving Black life, new thinking and new political alignments that better serve their interests are necessary. ... read more »
Holding Ground and Moving Forward: 
In Righteous and Relentless Struggle
July 26, 2018
To imagine a whole new future and to forge it in the most ethical, effective and expansive ways speaks to our need to constantly be concerned about those who come after us, about the world itself after we, as our honored ancestors say, have risen in radiance in the heavens and sit in the sacred circle of the ancestors. It’s about wanting, working and struggling for the constant advancement of good in the world and imagining and forging a future worthy of the name and history, African. ... read more »
African Liberation Day: Everywhere a Battleline, Every Day a Call to Struggle
June 11, 2018
Let me sum up, then, with this fundamental Kawaida revolutionary understanding which we have embraced since the 1960s about African liberation. We maintain that the quality of life of a people and the success of its liberation struggle depends upon its waging cultural revolution within and political revolution without, resulting in a radical transformation of self, society and ultimately the world. ... read more »
Smithsonian Channel Shows The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X at CAAM
March 1, 2018
Angelenos come out for an evening of knowledge and discourse surrounding Malcolm X at the California African American Museum. ... read more »
New Leadership Model Essential For Black Unity
February 22, 2018
If Black leaders again embrace a group-oriented model grounded in moral and ethical values, Black life will undoubtedly improve. ... read more »
Black People in War and Struggle: The Mirror and Message of Malcolm X
February 22, 2018
Indeed, Malcolm reminds us that the rulers of this country talk of peace, but they continue to make war everywhere. ... read more »
Dialoging with DuBois on History: Preserving Memory, Maintaining Culture
February 8, 2018
Dialoging with DuBois on History: Preserving Memory, Maintaining Culture ... 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 »
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 »
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