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Please log in from an authenticated institution or log into your member profile to access the email feature. Kawaida is a communitarian African philosophy developed by Maulana Karenga, an activist-scholar and chair of the organization Us, one of the major black power organizations in the s. The philosophy evolved in the context of the black freedom movement, especially the CQ Press Your definitive resource for politics, policy and people. Remember me? Back Institutional Login Please choose from an option shown below.

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The Language and Logic of Kawaida: African Ways of Engaging the World

A rightful reading of history and the signs of our times unavoidably evokes concerns and calls for a critical assessment of where we are and to what tasks we should direct our attention and efforts in our ongoing quest for a free and empowered community, a just and good society and a good and sustainable world. In our assessment, we are of necessity directed toward the continuing struggle to free ourselves both socially and culturally. In fact, the two struggles are linked in an unbreakable bond. For in order to free ourselves socially, we must build a consciousness, cohesion and sense of specialness in community only our own culture can give us. But in order to bring forth the best of our culture, we must struggle to clear social space for its recovery, reception and development.


Kawaida Theory: An African Communitarian Philosophy

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The philosophy of the cultural nationalist theory and movement called kawaida a Swahili word meaning "tradition" or "reason," pronounced ka-wa-EE-da is a synthesis of nationalist, pan-Africanist, and socialist ideologies. It was created and defined by Maulana Karenga during the height of black pride and self-awareness that characterized the Black Power movement in Karenga believed that black people needed a change of consciousness before they could mount a political struggle to empower themselves. He argued that the reclamation of an African value system based on the nguzo saba seven principles of umoja unity , kujichagulia selfdetermination , ujima collective work and responsibility , ujamaa cooperative economics , nia purpose , kuumba creativity , and imani faith would serve as a catalyst to motivate, intensify, and sustain the black struggle against racism. This value system, which served as the basis of kawaida, would provide the foundation for a new African-American culture defined in terms of mythology religion ; history; social, economic, and political organization; creative production; and ethos.

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