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Dr. Maulana Karenga
Professor and Chair

Department of Africana Studies

California State University--Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90840-0905

Tel:  (562) 985-5620

Fax: (323) 299-0261


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--Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement, The Cheikh Anta Diop Award for Excellence in Activist Scholarship, Best Book of the Year—Kawaida and Questions of Life and Struggle, 2009

--Paul Robeson-Zora Neale Hurston Award for Scholarly Work Significantly Contributive to the Understanding, Development and Appreciation of African World Culture, National Council for Black Studies, 2003

--The Cheikh Anta Diop Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Best Book of the Year—Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt, Routledge, 16th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop Conference, Ankh Scientific Institute, 2004

The C.L.R. James Award for Outstanding Publication of Scholarly Works that Advance the Discipline of Africana and Black Studies, National Council for Black Studies, 2002

--The National Leadership Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievements in Black Studies, National Council for Black Studies, 1991

-- The President’s Award for Scholarship and Service in the Development of Black Studies, The African Heritage Studies Association, 1999

--Peace Education Award for Distinguished Leadership, Scholarship and Education in Building Bridges Among Africans Throughout the World, Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, CSU-Sacramento, 2004

--Legacy Award for Milestone Contributions in Scholarship, Activism and Creativity, Institute of the Black World, 21st Century, 2009

--Distinguished Visiting Scholar Chair and Award, Johnson and Wales University, Providence, RI, 1998

--Joint Legislative Resolution in Honor of Activism and Scholarship, State of New Jersey, The Senate and General Assembly, Trenton, NJ, 2005 

--The Jamel C. Holley Civic Association Resolution, Borough of Roselle, County of Union, State of New Jersey in Honor for Outstanding Role in the Community, 2005

--Resolution by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders in Honor of Achievements and Outstanding Contributions to the Community, 2005

--Joint Legislative Resolution in Honor of Meritorious Record of Activism and Scholarship in Benefit of the Global Community, State of New Jersey, The Senate and General Assembly, Trenton, NJ, 2005

--Resolution of Commendation, for the Contributions made toward recognizing, promoting Black political and intellectual culture and the life and struggles of African peoples, Township of Irvington, Municipal Council, New Jersey, 2005

--Resolution Commending the Work of Celebrating the History and Culture of Africa and the African Diaspora and for his creation of the holiday Kwanzaa, County of Essex, NJ, Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 2005

--The Nguzo Saba Philosophical Award, Molefi Kete Asante and Haki Madhubuti, Los Angeles, California, 2005

--Induction into the African People’s Intellectual Royal Family, The Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life & Culture, Inc., 2005

--Cheikh Anta Diop Award for Scholarship, African American Studies Department, Temple University, October 13, 1996

--Cheikh Anta Diop Award for Scholarship, African American Studies Department, Temple University, October 13, 1996

--Award for Service--2nd Annual Conference on the African American Male, University of Alabama, Huntsville, October 5, 1996

--Commendation for Outstanding Professional Achievements, House of Representa­tives, State of Alabama, Montgomery, AL, October 1, 1996

--Ankh Award for Scholarship and Community Service, International African Arts Festival, New York, July 5, 1996

--Award for Service, Black Graduate Student Organization, The Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA, May 25, 1996

--Leadership Award, Million Man March/Day of Absence, Local Organizing Committee, Pontiac, MI, February 17, 1996

--Black Man Think Tank Award for Leader­ship, Black Man Think Tank, University of Cincinnati, January 12, 1996

--Award for Activist Scholarship, Xavier University, New Orleans, LA, November 30, 1995

--Detroit City Council Testimonial Resolution for dedication to the education and empowerment of African Americans, Detroit, MI, January 28, 1995

--Black Man Think Tank Award for Leadership, Black Man Think Tank, University of Cincinnati, January 14, 1995

--Resolution in recognition of the creation of Kwanzaa, Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Newark, NJ, December 22, 1994

--Mayoral Proclamation of Dr. Maulana Karenga Day "in recognition of his endeavors and many accomplishments effect­ing social change," Mayor Nancy Graham, City of West Palm Beach, FL, February 4, 1994

--Award of Merit in recognition of lifelong commitment and leadership, National African American Student Leadership Confe­ence, San Diego, CA, October 23, 1993

--Certificate of Appreci­ation for Promoting Synergy within the Columbus Community, Black Employees Support System AT&T Bell Laboratories, Columbus, OH, February, 1993

--Award in recognition of contributions to students, Grand Valley State University, Grand Valley, MI, January 19, 1993

Resolution in recognition of Scholarship and Leadership in Community and Culture, Los Angeles City Council, January, 1990

--Citation for Scholarship, Leadership and Creation and Preser­vation and Promotion of African American Culture, City Council of Philadelphia, December 1989

--Award for "Unique Scholarly Contributions and Pioneering Efforts in African American Studies and

--Specific Acknowledgement of Your Gift of Kwanzaa to the World," African American Studies Department, Montclair State College, Mont­clair, December, 1989

--Award for "Distinguished Scholarship and Leadership in African American Studies, Department of African American Studies, Temple University, October, 1989

--Black History Committee Miriam Matthews Award for Outstanding Community Service in the Preservation of Black Culture, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1988

--Commendation for Outstanding Community Service, Los Angeles, Black Agenda, Inc., 1988

--Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Exemplary Leadership, The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations, Aswan, Egypt, 1987

--Award for Outstanding Leadership, National Black United Front, Chicago Chapter, Chicago, 1987

--Certificate of Appreciation, Central State University, 1987

--20th Anniversary Award for the Creation of Kwanzaa, Kwanzaa Co-operative, Philadelphia, 1986

--Distinguished Visiting Professor Award - Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, 1985

--Award for Outstanding Intellectual Leadership, The Kemetic Institute, Chicago, 1985

--Award for Distinguished Contribution to Black Social Thought, Black Studies Conference Committee, Olive-Harvey College, Chicago, 1985

--Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service and Contribution to Black History Month Celebration, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, 1985

--Award for Leadership and Scholarship, Institute of Positive Education, Chicago, 1985

--Award for Outstanding Service, Distinguished Leadership and Dedicated Enthusiasm to the Community in the Field of Culture, West Coast Region, NAACP, Los Angeles, 1985

--Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to the Twenty-Third Olympiad, City of Los Angeles, August, 1984

--Award for Commitment to Education and African People, Ujamaa School, Washington, D.C., July-1983

--Award for Sustained Commitment to the Black Student Union, BSU, CSU, Long Beach, 1982-1983

--Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists Award for writing one of the most significant works on Blacks in 1982 - forIntroduction to Black Studies, March-1983

--Newark Municipal Council Commendation for "Remarkable Contributions to Black Scholarship and Community Development," February-1983

--Commendation for Scholarship and Contribution to the Afro-American Community and Scholarship, Legislature of Erie County, State of New York, February-1982

--Commendation for Scholarship, Activism and Community Service, Common Council, City of Buffalo, New York, February-1982

--Award for Dedication and Sacrifice in the Liberation and Uplifting of African Americans, Kawaida Study Group, Buffalo, New York, February-1982

--Award for Selfless Devotion to the Black Struggle, The Black American Law Students Association, Buffalo, New York, February-1982

--Award for Scholarship and Activism, Afro-American Students Organization, Buffalo State University College, Buffalo, February, 1982

--Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the Afro-American Community, Neighborhood Inner City Youth Organiza­tion, Inc., Buffalo, February-1982

--Commendation for Scholarship, Creation of Kwanzaa, Notable Achievements and Service to the Community, Council of the City of Los Angeles, January-1982

--The Lincoln University of Missouri Media Award for Political Writings, Jefferson City, Missouri, April-1981

--Award for Institution Building and Community Service, Los Angeles City Council, Eighth District, March-1981

--Certificate of Appreciation for Contribution to Black History Celebration, Southwest Special Aids District #08, DPSS, Los Angeles, February-1981

--Award for Leadership and Dedication in the African Liberation Struggle, Shule ya Watoto, Chicago, February, 1981

--Elizabeth Catlett Mora Award for Excellence for Contributions to the Development and Advancement of Black Arts and Artists, National Conference of Artists, Detroit, May, 1979

--Certificate of Merit in Recognition and Appreciation for Creative Contributions, Kuumba Actors, Saginaw, MI, March-1979

--Certificate of Election to the Honor Roll of Friends of the NCCJ in recognition of value and contribution to its work. National Conference of Christians and Jews, San Diego, October-1978

--Certificate of Recognition for Exemplary Representation as Chairman of the USA delegation to the Colloquium on Black Civilization and Education at the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, Lagos, Nigeria; the United States Zonal Committee, Washington, D.C., April-1977

--Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Human Service to the Black Community; the Council of Black Nurses, Inc., Los Angeles, June-1977

--The Afro-American Studies Majors/Minors Association Award for deep commitment and dedicated community service; San Diego State University, San Diego, February-1977

--Black Student Council Award for dedication and service to the Council and Community, San Diego State University, San Diego, February-1976

--Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation from Black Student Psychological Association for services and leadership in the Black communities of the Western Region, San Francisco, November, 1975

--Honorable Mention in the First Annual W.E.B. DuBois Essay Awards, The Black Scholar, Sausalito, CA., 1975

Humanist of the Year Award, Humanist Chapter, San Luis Obispo, 1975

--Watts Summer Festival, Inc. Award in Appreciation and Recogni­tion of Outstanding Contribution to the Cultural Arts Program, Watts, 1971

--EROS Award Certificate of Merit for Black Involvement, Merritt College, Oakland, 1969

--Marcus Garvey Award for Leadership, Los Angeles Black Con­gress, 1968