Dr Karenga is one of the most influential figures in African American cultural history. Like Malcolm and Martin is love for his people has been a life journey manifested in the creation of the Nguzo Saba the Seven Principles, a lived and living tradition guide book of African people culminating in the Kwanzaa Holiday.
In a midst of the Corona virus Pandemic affecting Africans at home and abroad and people all over the planet, the seven principles of the Enguzo Saba Kwanza are a guide for resurrection and strength for Africans and all of humanity. Dr, Kareng remarked “ In this time when the sense of hopelessness and helplessness can more easily take hold and paralyze, the principle of Imani (faith) encourages us to hold fast to the active and transformative faith of our forefathers and foremothers who believed in the sacred and Transcendent and honored it; believed in our people’s capacity for and commitment to good; refused to be defeated, dispirited and diverted; and who taught us in word and deed, dignity-affirming, upright and elevated ways to understand and assert ourselves in the world.
This challenge is clearly unique, but we have weathered the worst of winters in our history, from the Holocaust of enslavement through the White supremacist savagery of segregation and its killing fields and swamps, its legalized and socially sanctioned lynching. And we are not undone, defeated or inclined to pursue an unjust peace. Thus, our conversations and thoughts must not degenerate into death and doom talk. Rather, we must choose life and protect and promote it. And surely ours is a history of a liberation struggle which has been a model and mirror for peoples in oppression and resistance in this country and around the world. And we must resist narrow notions of who we are and what we can do and what is possible, even in the most limited and limiting spaces. Indeed, as our honored teacher, Nannie Helen Burroughs, taught us, our history offers ample evidence that “We specialize in the wholly impossible.”