Research on Ron Maulana Karenga – The Creator of Kwanzaa

This is merely some raw research on the controversy and legacy behind the creator of Kwanzaa. Blog post articles, some NY and LA times information and even a journal. There is a lot of information to look through. Quick breakdown:

  1. How Kwanzaa is modeled after Hanukka
  2. His organization feuding with Black Panthers
  3. Earl Anthony and Louis E Tackwood are informants who implicate Karenga.
  4. What happened the night 2 Black Panthers were killed on UCLA cmpus by members of Karenga’s organization.
  5. How he was charged for torturing 2 Black women.
  6. Ph.D level Journal on the friction between Karenga’s organisation US and BPP
  7. Dr. Henry Clarke’s opinion, book excerpts and blog articles about Karenga’s character.
  8. NY time articles on Kwanzaa, with no mention on his criminal past. This has been going on since he was sitting in prison in 1971.

Cult of Personality and Hero Worship
A cult of personality and hero worshipping has developed around Maulana Karenga. Let us define a cult of personality and hero worship as related to Karenga. A cult of personality is when a person or a group develops unrealistic praise for an individual. They cease to honor the principles which someone and others might stand for and instead they begin to honor and worship the person. The problem is that men are flawed and when a cult of personality develops, the mind of the follower will find it very difficult to accept normal Human faults. Additionally, when the leader has committed heinous crimes, the cult follower will not even hear such unspeakable “ideas” against their leader. This is when the cult of personality becomes hero worship, which is even more unrealistic, even more ridiculous, and even more dangerous. Hero worship develops when a cult of a person/leader elevates them to the status of demi-god – in some cases the leader may even become “God”.Karenga has followers of varying degrees. Firstly, some are simply respectful of his intellectual work and they may or may not question his ghost and dirty past. Secondly, the next level up for Karenga are those who are ardent followers of one or more of the concepts associated with him such as Kwanzaa or Kawaida. This third set of followers may or may not be partially engulfed in the next set of followers. The third group is made of the cult worshippers who not only live Karenga’s principles as part of their lives, but refuse to accept any questions of wrong doing against him. Anyone who questions their cult leader must be doing the work of the white man or defaming a great Black leader. By all means, Karenga is innocent of all charges against him. It was all a COINTELPRO conspiracy against him. He didn’t do it! This group is beyond the realistic and trying to reasonable convince them or debate with them is a waste of time. The fourth or last group of followers are Karenga’s hero worshippers who simply consider him near divine or even divine. These hero worshippers are the ones who would bow, kneel to the ground and kiss his hand. Yes this was a practice of members in the US organization. I am informed of this from people who actually witnessed his cult following hero worshippers kneeling, kissing his hand, and mumbling “Maulana, Maulana, Maulana.”

Let me state clearly that my initial personal experience with Karenga was not the best.  My first exposure to him was as a student member of the Pan-African Student Union at Sacramento State University in 1983.  We worked with African student organizations across the state of California to form an organization called the African/Black Statewide Student Alliance.  From the beginning of the formation of that group, there was tension between those of us who considered ourselves Pan-African, and those who considered themselves Black nationalists.  This tension culminated in a conference at USC in the fall of 83 where the Black Student Union of Cal State Long Beach, where Karenga taught at the time, had successfully pushed to have Karenga serve as the keynote speaker during the last session of the conference.  I remember how about 50 members of my campus group, along with our allies from sister Pan African student groups at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, and San Jose State, sat together in the back of the huge auditorium while the other hundreds of students sat down front in eager anticipation of Dr Karenga’s arrival.  His wife, Tiamoya Karenga, came in first with a huge and beautiful black afro and a wonderful long flowing African dress.  She was accompanied by at least four Simba Wachucas – the military wing for the US Organization.  She stopped at our group in back and admonished us for sitting so far back.  Then, someone got on the microphone and started attacking us for “disrespecting Dr. Karenga.”  We reluctantly moved down front together, only to walk out collectively when Karenga attacked Pan-Africanism as a fantasy, stating that all Kwame Nkrumah did was “write a letter” discussing Pan-African ideas, but nothing concrete for the African in America.

The Intelligence Origins of Kwanzaa

“I call them Jewish rbg (red, black, and green) candles for this very fact to note an Afrikan surface painted over a Jewish ritual.”

As the late Dr. John Henrik Clarke once stated about Ron Karenga:
“He has not atoned to the community for his attempt to destroy the Panther movement. He has not atoned for being a police informant. He has not atoned for the way he treated Black women. The women he mistreated and mutilated were dark in complexion. The women in his harem are light in complexion. The number one woman is a Mexican in what seems to be an Afro wig.”

LA Times article on the night 2 Black Panthers were killed.

Book: There’s a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of the 60s

A taste of power excerpts  from Elaine Brown

Apparently, NY Times has been running stories of Kwanzaa since 1971 without mentioning Karenga was and has been to prison for kidnap and torture.

71′ Article:

90′ Article:

Finally here is the Ph.D level Journal written by Scot Ngozi Brown written in 1997 (15 page pdf): The US Organization, Maulana Karenga, and Conflict with the Black Panther Party: A Critique of Sectarian Influences on Historical Discourse

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