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date: 20 February 2020

Karenga, Maulana locked

  • Jabari Adams


Maulana Karenga, born 14 July 1941, is an African American scholar, author, and political activist. Born on a poultry farm in Parsonsburg, Maryland, Karenga is the fourteenth child of a Baptist minister. Karenga moved to California in the late 1950s to attend Los Angeles City College. He was admitted to UCLA as part of a federal program for high school dropouts. At UCLA, he received a master’s in political science and African American studies. Karenga holds two doctorates: The first is in Political Science, with emphasis on the theory and practice of nationalism, awarded at United States International University; his second is in Social Ethics, with a focus on the classical African ethics of ancient Egypt, awarded by the University of Southern California. He also holds an honorary doctorate of philosophy from the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa.

Known also as Ron Karenga he has been a ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought.

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