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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Activist
Africana Studies Professor
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Green, Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
It is a good day to struggle and that we must remember the teachers of the Ottoeva (ph.), that we are all divinely chosen to bring into the world and not let any good be lost.

Birthplace

Born:
7/14/1941
Birth Location:
Parsonburg, Maryland

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Activist
Africana Studies Professor
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Green, Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
It is a good day to struggle and that we must remember the teachers of the Ottoeva (ph.), that we are all divinely chosen to bring into the world and not let any good be lost.

Birthplace

Born:
7/14/1941
Birth Location:
Parsonburg
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Biography

Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of Africana Studies at California State University—Long Beach, was the holder of two Ph.D.’s. Karenga completed his degrees in political science at the United States International University, and in social ethics at the University of Southern California, before being awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Durban, South Africa.

Karenga’s fields of teaching and research within Africana/Black Studies included: ancient Egyptian (Maatian) ethics; ancient Yoruba (Ifa) ethics; Africana/Black Studies theory and history; Africana/Black (continental and diasporan) philosophy; African American intellectual history; ethnic relations; and the socio-ethical thought of Malcolm X.

A prolific writer, Karenga authored numerous scholarly articles and books, including: Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt: A Study in Classical African Ethics; Selections From The Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt; The Book of Coming Forth By Day: The Ethics of the Declarations of Innocence; Odu Ifa: The Ethical Teachings; and Introduction to Black Studies. Karenga was also one of the creators of the pan-African cultural holiday Kwanzaa, and the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles), as well as the author of the authoritative text, Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture.

An activist-scholar of national and international recognition, Karenga played a major role in Black political and intellectual culture from the 1960s on. Karenga has, along with The Organization Us, been instrumental in such movements as Black Power, Black Arts, Black Studies, the Independent Schools, Afrocentricity, Ancient Egyptian Studies, the Million Person Marches, and the Reparations Movement. In addition to his activism, Karenga lectured on the life and struggle of African peoples on major campuses in the United States, Africa, the People’s Republic of China, Cuba, Trinidad, Great Britain, and Canada. Karenga served as the chair of The Organization Us; the National Association of Kawaida Organizations; and as the executive director of the African American Cultural Center and the Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies.

Karenga has received numerous awards for scholarship and service, including: the C.L.R. James Award for Outstanding Publication of Scholarly Works that Advance the Discipline of Africana and Black Studies; the National Leadership Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievements in Black Studies from the National Council for Black Studies; the President’s Award for Scholarship and Service in the Development of Black Studies from the African Heritage Studies Association; the Diop Exemplary Leadership Award from the Department of African American Studies-Temple University; the Richard Allen Living Legend Award from the African Methodist Episcopal Church; and the Pioneer Award from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Maulana Karenga details how he became a black nationalist
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Maulana Karenga describes his involvement in The Organization Us
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Maulana Karenga remembers Malcolm X
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Maulana Karenga explains why he learned Swahili
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Maulana Karenga details his philosophy of Kawaida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Maulana Karenga details how he created Kwanzaa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Maulana Karenga responds to criticism of Kwanzaa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Maulana Karenga discusses the problems posed by the recent creation of Kwanzaa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Maulana Karenga explains how Kwanzaa became seven letters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Maulana Karenga recalls his involvement in the Black Power Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Maulana Karenga details the rift between Us and the Black Panther Party (part 1)
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Maulana Karenga details the rift between Us and the Black Panther Party (part 3)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Maulana Karenga details the rift between Us and the Black Panther Party (part 4)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Maulana Karenga recalls his incarceration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Maulana Karenga recounts surveillance by the FBI's COINTEL program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Maulana Karenga remembers FESTAC 1977
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Maulana Karenga recalls the founding of ASCAC
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Maulana Karenga discusses redressing the distorted view of ancient Egypt through ASCAC
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  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Maulana Karenga recounts building the National Black United Front
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Maulana Karenga remembers helping to create the Million Man March
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Maulana Karenga responds to criticisms of the Million Man March
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Maulana Karenga discusses his involvement with the African American Leadership Retreat
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Maulana Karenga discusses the impact of the African American Leadership Retreat Family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Maulana Karenga describes his current projects
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Maulana Karenga shares the importance of African philosophy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Maulana Karenga recalls his parents' reaction to his career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Maulana Karenga considers his legacy