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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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News and Issue Commentaries

“The Ethics and Errors of immigration: The Issue and Urgency of Justice,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 04/13/06, p. A-7

“Black Men Missing: But Not Without A Trace,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 03/29/06, p. A-7

“Pledging Allegiance to the USA: One Nation, Under Illusion,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 03/22/06, p. A-7

“Striving and Struggling in Gary: Pimpin’ and Hustlin’ in Hollywood,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 03/15/06, p. A-7

“For Love and Struggle: Beyond the Crash, Hustle and Floss,” The Los Angeles Sentinel,     03/08/06, p. A-7

“Black Women’s History: Celebrating Miracles, Wonders and Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 02/29/06, p. A-7

“Sankofa: Seasons of Struggle and Change,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 02/22/06, p. A-7

“Seeking Solutions to Interethnic Conflict: Social and Institutional Issues,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 02/16/06, p. A-7

“Coretta Scott King: Dream Keeper, Dawn Bringer,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 02/9/06, p. A-7

“Black History:  Its Meaning, Message and Forward Motion,” The Los Angeles Sentinel,   02/2/06, p. A-9

"A New President and Promise for Liberia: Searching for Signs and Wonders," The Los Angeles Sentinel, 01/26/06, p. A-7

"Living the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Sacred Narrative and Model," The Los Angeles SEntinel, 01/19/06, p. A-7

Choosing to Be African: A Lifetime Resolution,”The Los Angeles Sentinel, 01/12/06, p. A-15

 "Reconceiving Our New Year Resolutions:  Remembering Our Work in the World,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 01/05/06, p. A-7

“Kwanzaa: A Season of Celebration, Meditation and Recommitment,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 12-29/05, p. A-7

"Freeing Morgan Freeman: Reaffirming Black History," The Los Angeles Sentinel, 12/22/05, p. A-7

“Regarding Stanley Tookie Williams: Matters of Life and Death,” The Los Angeles Sentinel 12/15/05, p. A-7

“Doing Good in the World: Reaffirming the Ethics of Service,” The Los Angeles Sentinel,    12/8/05, p. A-7

“Meditating on the March: Achievements Made, Lessons Learned,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 12/1/05, p. A-7

“Rethinking Thanksgiving: Beyond Big Turkeys and Small Talk,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 11/24/05, p. A-7

“In Defense of Life: Unmasking Official Killing Posing as Justice,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 11/17/05, p. A-7

 “Concerning Seasons of Fire and Struggles for Freedom,” The Los Angeles Sentinel,11/10/05, p. A-7

"Rosa Parks, Her People and the Movement: Honoring the PErson, the People and Their Struggle," The Los Angeles Sentinel, 11/3/05, p. A-7

 “Making the Movement Real: Principles, Process and Practice,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 10/27/05, p. A-7

 “The Millions More March and Movement: Mission, Meaning and Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 10/20/05, p. A-13

 “Marchin’ Towards A Movement: Movin’ Toward Liberation,” The Los Angeles Sentinel,  10/13/05, p. A-7

 “Aborting Racism, Ending Oppression and Giving Birth to Justice,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 10/6/05, p. A-7

 “Weathering the Hurricanes of History: Repairing Ourselves and the World,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 9/29/05, p. A-7

 “Cultural Grounding, Unbudging Blackness and Steadfastness in Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 9/22/05, p. A-7

 “40th Anniversary Reflections on Us: Harnessing the Hurricane of Righteous Anger and Activism,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 9/15/05, p. A-7

 “Riding Out the Hurricane: Reaffirming the Resilience of the People,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 9/8/05, p. A-7

 “The Minister, the Movement and the LAPD:  Police Violence and Community Resistance,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 9/01/05, p. A-7

 “Garvey in the Whirlwind: The Lesson and Legacy of Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 8/25/05, p. A-7

 “Remembering the March: Rebuilding the Movement,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 8/18/05, p. A-7

 “Message From Watts: Liberation is Coming From A Black Thing,” The Los Angeles Sentinel,8/11/05, p. A-7

 “The Legacies of Mary M. Bethune: Knowledge, Sacrifice, Service and Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel,8/04/05, p. A-7

 “Dreamin’ With the Mayor; Wrestlin’ With Reality,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 7/7/05, p.A-7

 “Gathering in Grief, Uniting in Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 7/ 21/05, p. A-7

 “Africa and Global Justice: Beyond the G-8 Scam in Scotland,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 7/28/05, p. A-7

 “Terror, Trials and Tribulations in Mississippi: Partial Justice and Ongoing Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 6/30/05, p. A-7

 “DeAfricanizing King Tut: A Forensic Fantasy,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 6/23/05, p. A-7

“Rightful Concerns About the Funding of Faith,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 2/17/05

“Rough Riding With Reagan,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 06/17/04

 “The Politics and Practice of Reparations” Afrikan Business and Culture, London, 2003.

“Kwanzaa: Living the Principles for Community Development,” Afrikan Business & Culture, London, Vol. 1, No. 19, 2000, pp. 28-31

 “The Lessons and Legacy of Adwa: Forging Our Future iin Struggle,” Ethiopian Review (April/June) 1998, 54-56

“The Essentials of Kwanzaa,” Terra Magazine, (September/October) 1997

"The Meaning and Message of Kwanzaa" The Alarm (London) 10 (December) 1995

"Marcus Garvey: Lessons of Possibility," 75th Anniversary Universal African Flag Day Journal, August, 1995, 15-16

An interview "Kawaida: Theory and Practice" The Gaither Report, 2, 11 (September-October) 1995

"Reagan and the Right: Beyond Illusion to Concrete Analysis," Black News, 4, 15 (January, 1981) 4-5.

"Kwanzaa: Concept and Functions," Los Angeles Sentinel, 44, 14 (January 4, 1979).

"Black Politics in 1980: The Problem of Strategy and Structure," Black News, 4, 1 (October, 1978) 4-6


"Blacks and the GOP: The Newest Deal," In These Times, 2, 46 (October 11-16, 1978) 16.

"The De-Afro-Americanization of Malcolm X," The Voice News & Viewpoint, 17, 38 (May 31, 1978) A-5.

"Chinese Theory and Practice on the Nationalities Question," In These Times, 1, 42 (September 14-20, 1977) 16.

"Malcolm X: His Message and Magnitude," Voice News & Viewpoint, 15, 36 (May 18, 1977) A-2.

"FESTAC: Report From Nigeria," In These Times, 1, 22 (April 20, 1977) 9, 11.

"Reassessing King's Rich Political Legacy," In These Times, 3, 23 (May 9-15, 1979) 18.

"Confrontation at Camp Pendleton: Issues and Impact," Voice News & Viewpoint,   (December 22, 1976) A-5.

"A Brief Outline of a Philosophy of Black Studies," Black News, 3, 14 (November, 1976) 25.

"African Liberation and Shuttle Diplomacy," Voice News & Viewpoint, 15, 4 (October 6,

1976) 6

"William Marshall's Othello: Critique and Commentary," Voice News & Viewpoint, 15, 50 (August 25, 1976) 4-5.

"For Amilcar Cabral: A Tribute to His Triumph," The African World, 3, 17 (July 14, 1973) 11.