MAULANA KARENGA Biography - Famous Scientists


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Dr. Maulana Karenga is professor of Africana Studies at California State               
UniversityŚLong Beach. He holds two Ph.D.'s, one in political science (United           
States International University) and another in social ethics (University of           
Southern California), as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of           
Durban, South Africa.                                                                   
Karenga's fields of teaching and research within Africana/Black Studies are:           
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. He is currently writing a book on Malcolm X         
and the Critique of Domination: An Ethics of Liberation.                               
Karenga is also the author of 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 is the creator of the pan-African 
cultural holiday Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles) and author of       
the authoritative text titled Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and           
An activist-scholar of national and international recognition, Karenga is one of       
the most important figures in recent African American history, having played a         
major role in Black political and intellectual culture since the 1960s. He has,         
along with his Organization Us, played a major role in such movements as Black         
Power, Black Arts, Black Studies, the Independent Schools, Afrocentricity,             
Ancient Egyptian Studies, the Million Person Marches and currently the                 
Reparations Movement. In addition, he has lectured on the life and struggle of         
African peoples on the major campuses of the USA and in Africa, the People's           
Republic of China, Cuba, Trinidad, Britain and Canada. Moreover, he is chair of         
the Organization Us and the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, and         
executive director of the African American Cultural Center and the Kawaida             
Institute of Pan-African Studies.                                                       
Karenga is the recipient of 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 and 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, 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.