Foreword by Ama Mazama, Temple University vi
1 Karenga and the Drawing of Cultural Grounds 1
2 The Cultural Narrative 30
3 Controlling Intellectual Territory 57
4 Creating Historical Possibilities 94
5 Implementing the Lessons 164
Bibliography of Key Writings 187
Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies
"To have the seminal thinker Molefi Asante writing on the legendary Maulana Karenga is a grand treat! This work is an historic encounter of great significance and contemporary relevance."
Cornel West, Princeton University
"Asante has given us the first in-depth study of the thought of Maulana Karenga. A major cultural influence in the sixties, Karenga's Kawaida Philosophy serves as a primary source of Afrocentric thinking today."
Charles Henry, University of California, Berkeley
"In this remarkable study, Professor Asante not only provides an intellectual biography of Karenga, undertaken with rare devotion and deep understanding, but also renders homage to an outstanding scholar whose work, spanning some four decades, has been fundamental in the development of African American cultural awareness in our time."
F. Abiola Irele, Harvard University
- Introduction to the life and thought of Maulana Karenga, the African American activist-scholar
- Karenga founded the festival of Kwanzaa, which the black community celebrate in late December
- Asante is himself a renowned scholar in this field - this is one intellectual giant commenting and illuminating the other
- Introduces Karenga's key work on Black Studies, but also analyses his political, social, and cultural theories