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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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Book Chapters

Molefi Asante and the Afrocentric Initiative: Mapping the Terrain of His Intellectual Impact,” in Ama Mazama (ed.), Essays in Honor of An Intellectual Warrior, Molefi Kete Asante, Paris: Menaibuc, 2008, pp. 17-49

"The Socio-Political Philosophy of Malcolm X” in James Conyers and Andrew P. Smallwood, (eds.) Malcolm X: An Historical Reader, Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2008, pp. 93-110


“A Função E Futuro Dos Estudos Africana: Reflexões Críticas Sobre Sua Missão, Seu Significado E Sua Metodologia”, Elisa Larkin Nascimento (org.), Afrocentricidade: Uma Abordagem Epistemológica Inovadora, (Sankofa 4, Matrizes Africana de Cultura Brasileira), São Paulo: Selo Negro, 2009, pp. 333-359. 

 “The Nguzo Saba and the Black Family: Principles and Practices of Well-Being and Flourishing,” Maulana Karenga and Tiamoyo Karenga, co-authors, in Harriet Pipes McAdoo, (ed.), Black Families, 4th Ed, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2007, pp-. 7-28.

 “The Field, Function and Future of Africana Studies: Critical Reflections on its Mission, Meaning and Methodology,” in Molefi Asante and Maulana Karenga, (eds.), Handbook of Black Studies, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2006, pp. 402-420.

 “Revisiting Brown, Reaffirming Black: Reflections on Race, Law and Struggle,” in Molefi Kete Asante and Maulana Karenga, (eds.), Handbook of Black Studies, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2006, pp. 165-184.

“Philosophy in the African Tradition of Resistance: Issues of Human Freedom and Human Flourishing,” in Not Only the Master’s Tools: African American Studies in Theory and Practice, (eds.) Lewis R. Gordon and Jane Anna Gordon, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2006, pp. 243-271

“Black Studies,” pp. 257-262, Barbara J. Banks (ed.) Gender and Education: An Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, Westport, CT and London: Praeger, 2008

"African Americans”, vol. 1, pp. 20-30; “Black Power”, vol. 1, pp. 176-179; “Kwanzaa”, Vol. 2, pp. 818-820, in Richard T. Shafer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society, Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2008

“Black Studies”; “Ancient Egyptian Studies Movement”; “Kawaida”; “Kwanzaa”; “Maat”; “Odu Ifa”; “Us”, in Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Mazama, (eds.), Encyclopedia of Black Studies, Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 2005

“Nommo, Kawaida and Communicative Practice: Bringing Good into the World,” in Understanding African American Rhetoric: Classical Origins to Contemporary Innovations, (eds.) Ronald L. Jackson II and Elaine B. Richardson, New York: Routledge, 2003, pp. 3-12

“Sharing the Burden and Possibilities of the Crisis,” in Unveiling the Real Terrorist Mind, (eds.) Nadia Batool Ahmad, et al, New York: Students for International Peace and Justice, pp. 229-235

“Black Studies and the Problematic of Paradigm: The Philosophical Dimension,” in The African American Studies Reader, (ed.) Nathaniel Norment, Durham, NC:  Carolina Academic Press, 2001, pp. 282-294

“Black Studies: A Critical Reassessment,” Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience, Manning Marable, (ed.), New York: Columbia University Press, 2000, pp. 162-170.

“Society, Culture and the Problem of Self-Consciousness: A Kawaida Analysis” in Philosophy Born of Struggle: An Anthology of Afro-American Philosophy Since 1917, Leonard Harris (ed.), Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2000.

“Making the Past Meaningful: Kwanzaa and the Concept of Sankofa,” in Spirituality and Social Work Practice: Narratives for Professional Helping, (ed.) Sonia Abels, Denver: Love Publishing Company, 2000, pp. 51-67

“Sources of Self in Ancient Egyptian Autobiographies: A Kawaida Articulation,” in Black American Intellectualism and Culture: A Social Study of African American social and Political Thought, (ed.) James L. Conyers, Jr., Stamford, CT: JAI Press, 1999, pp. 37-56

"Black Art: Mute Matter Given Force and Function," The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay (eds.), New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1997, pp. 1972-1977

"The Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles): Their Meaning and Message," William L. Van Deburg (ed.), Modern Black National­ism: From Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan, New York: New York Universi­ty Press, 1997, pp. 275-287

"Black and Latino Relations: Critical Concerns and the Search for Common Ground," in Ishmael Reed (ed.), Multi-America: Essays on Cultural War and Cultural Peace, New York: Viking Penguin, 1996 (in press)

"The March, The Day of Absence and the Movement," The Million Man March/Day of Absence: A Commemorative Anthology, Chica­go/Los Angeles: Third World Press/University of Sankore Press, 1996, pp. 5-7

 "The African American Holiday of Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture" in Herb Boyd and Robert Allen (eds.), Brotherman, The Odyssey of Black Men in America, Ballantine Books, 1995, pp. 846-852

"Afrocentricity and Multicultural Education: Concept, Chal­lenge, and Contribution," in Benjamin P. Bowser, Terry Jones, and Gale Auletta Young (eds.), Toward the Multicultural University, Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1995, pp. 41-61

"Under the Camouflage of Color and Gender: The Dread an Drama of Thomas-Hill," in Robert Chrisman and Robert Allen (eds.), Court of Appeal, New York: Ballantine Books, 1992

"The African Intellectual and the Problem of Class Suicide: Ideological and Political Dimensions" in Molefi Kete Asante and Kariamu Welsh Asante (eds.) African Culture: The Rhythms of Unity, Trenton, NJ: African World Press, 1990, pp. 91-106.

"Black Religion," in Gayraud Wilmore (ed.) African American Religious Studies: An Interdisciplinary Anthology, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1989, pp. 271-300.

"The Meaning and Challenge of African History," pp. 11-28; "The Political Economy of Oppression," pp. 177-209; "Struggle and Culture: Toward A National Black Value System," pp. 210-265; and "Black Community Life and Urban Planning," pp. 266-288, in Akyaabu Addai-Sebo and Ansel Wong, (eds.) Our Story: A Handbook of African History and Contemporary Issues, London: London Strategic Policy Unit, 1988.

"Black Male/Female Relations" in Nathan and Julia Hare (eds.) The Crisis in Black Sexual Politics, San Francisco: The Black Think Tank, 1988.

"The African Intellectual and the Concept of Class Suicide: Political and Cultural Dimensions," The African Culture: The Rhythm of Unity, (eds.) Molefi Asante and Kariamu Asante, Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1985, pp. 91-106.

"Society, Culture and the Problem of Self-Consciousness: A Kawaida Analysis," in Philosophy Born of Struggle: Anthology of Afro-American Philosophy from 1918, (ed.) Leonard Harris, Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1983, pp. 212-227.

"The Problematic of Cultural Pluralism: Ideological and Political Dimensions," in Racism, Pluralism and Public Policy, (eds.) Jack Bermingham and Ed Clausen, Boston: G. K. Hall & Co., 1981, pp. 223-246.

"Kwanzaa," entry in The World Book Encyclopedia, Vol.2 (J-K), Chicago: World Book & Childcraft International, Inc., 1981, pp. 317-318

"The Crisis in Black Studies: The Ideological Dimension," Black Studies in White Institutions, Discussion Papers Series, (ed.) Hassan Sisay, Chico, CA: School of Behavioral & Social Sciences, CSU, Chico, 1978.

"The Value and Validity of Ethnic Studies: Towards a Holistic Conception," The Political Economy of Institutional Change: Proceedings of Ethnic Studies Symposium, (eds.) Dan Moreno, and Rudy Torres, Irvine, CA: UCI Comparative Culture Program, 1977, pp. 101-111.

"Black Art: Mute Matter Given Force and Function," Black Poets and Prophets (eds.) W. King and E. Anthony, New York: Mentor Press, 1974, pp. 174-179.

"Black Cultural Nationalism,” The Black Aesthetic, (ed.) Addison Gayle, Jr., Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1972, pp. 31-37.

"The Black Community and the University: A Community Orga­nizer's Perspective," in Black Studies in the University: A Symposium, (eds.) Armstead Robinson, Craig Foster and Donald Ogilvie, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1969, pp. 37-54.

________.  Reprinted in Black Viewpoints, (eds.) Arthur C. Littleton and Mary Burger, New York: New American Library, 1971, pp. 208-217.

"From the Quotable Karenga," The Black Power Revolt, (ed.) Floyd Barbour, Boston: Porter Sargent Publishers, 1968, pp. 162-170.