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Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture

BY MAULANA KARENGA
THE CREATOR OF KWANZAA

Kwanzaa:  A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture

Written by the creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture provides a thorough understanding of the views and values of Kwanzaa, its historic origins and cultural background and its cultural meaning to millions of Africans who celebrate it throughout the world African community.
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Gye Nyame Kinara

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Gye Nyame Kinara

Beautifully handcarved from a single piece of wood, these candleholders were inspired by the Ashanti royal throne. Intricately carved at its base is the symbol gye nyame meaning steadfastness in courage.
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Kwanzaa for Young People (and Everyone Else)

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Kwanza for Young People CD

A multiple award winning collection of original songs, chants and stories focused on the life affirming values of Kwanzaa.
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ABOUT THE PRESS

The University of Sankore Press takes its name from the famous University of Sankore in Timbuktu, Mali which was founded in the fourteenth century. The university served as a center of scholarship and learning. Our mission is to continue this legacy of commitment to African scholarship and learning by publishing scholarly yet accessible books on Continental and diasporic African life, culture and history with due attention to issues of race, ethnicity, gender and cultural diversity.
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Introduction to Black Studies, 4th Edition

BY MAULANA KARENGA
Introduction to Black Studies, 4th Edition

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Introduction to Black Studies is a unique and highly acclaimed introduction to the discipline of Black/Africana Studies, providing students with an essential intellectual basis for a critical understanding and discussion of the history, scope and fundamental concepts, areas and issues which ground and define the discipline.

NEW FEATURES

In addition to new data and analyses, this fourth edition also offers new features designed to further facilitate and enhance student comprehension and learning including:

  • Chapter outlines
  • Key terms
  • New review questions
  • Critical thinking questions
  • A comprehensive glossary
  • In-text boxes
  • New section, critical contemporary issues
  • Exam packet upon request
 

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Maulana Karenga: An Intellectual Portrait

BY MOLEFI KETE ASANTE
Maulana Karenga: An Intellectual Portrait

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In this book, the most prolific contemporary African American scholar and cultural theorist Molefi Kete Asante leads the reader on an informative journey through the mind of Maulana Karenga, one of the key cultural thinkers of our time. Not only is Karenga the creator of Kwanzaa, an extensive and widespread celebratory holiday based on his philosophy of Kawaida, he is an activist-scholar committed to a "dignity-affirming" life for all human beings. Asante examines the sources of Karenga's intellectual preoccupations and demonstrates that Karenga's concerns with the liberation narratives and mythic realities of African people are rooted in the best interests of a collective humanity.

 

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Kwame Nkrumah’s Contribution to Pan-Africanism:
An Afrocentric Analysis

BY D. ZIZWE POE
Kwame Nkrumah’s Contribution to Pan- Africanism: An Afrocentric Analysis

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In his book, Kwame Nkrumah’s Contribution to Pan-Africanism: An Afrocentric Analysis, Professor Poe provides a unique, comprehensive and critical account of the political thought and practice of Kwame Nkrumah, a pioneer and pivotal leader in the Pan-African Movement from 1945-1966. Employing an Afrocentric approach in his study, he argues that the life and work of Nkrumah offer an essential philosophical foundation and strategic model of optimal agency in the pursuit of Pan-African initiatives and critical Afrocentric studies. Professor Poe begins his account with a presentation of key terms and essential conceptual considerations engaged in developing his methodology and an Afrocentric paradigm. He then leads the reader easily and skillfully through a complexity of interrelated topics including: the development of Nkrumah’s Pan-African ideas and their evolution as expressed in his various works; key persons and historical forces which shaped his agency, his national and Pan-African policies, his organizing practices; and a summary of his philosophical and practical legacy. This work is a critical contribution to Nkrumahist and Pan-African studies and a rich resource for understanding the history and current contours of Pan-African discourse and initiatives of our times.

 

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Kawaida and Questions of Life and Struggle

BY MAULANA KARENGA

Kawaida and Questions of Life and Struggle

In this unique collection of commentaries on critical issues of our time, Dr. Karenga has again demonstrated his masterful ability to turn the complex into the conversational without sacrificing the quality of his contentions. He offers refreshing and insightful analyses from an African-centered standpoint and brings forth evidence of the rich resource of African culture, both ancient and modern, Continental and Diasporan. Using Kawaida philosophy as a foundation and framework, he is meticulously concerned with providing a language and logic of liberation, ethical insights into every major issue, and making a definitive contribution to the Kawaida project of “cultural revolution, radical social change and bringing good in the world.” In these commentaries, Professor Karenga not only exhibits an intellect which is insightful, creative and wide-ranging, but also a profound personal commitment to his subject and the use of his knowledge in the interest of African and human good and the good of the world.
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Cheikh Anta Diop: An Intellectual Portrait

BY MOLEFI KETE ASANTE

Cheikh Anta Diop: An Intellectual Portrait

Cheikh Anta Diop: An Intellectual Portrait is an essential contribution to our critical understanding of the intellectual and practical work of the historian, physicist, sociologist and linguist, Cheikh Anta Diop. Professor Asante identifies and clarifies the key components, concerns and evolutionary contours in Diopian thought and weaves them into a richly textured pattern and composite portrait of this distinguished scholar of astounding erudition and extraordinary insight. He presents an engaging synthesis of well-placed narrative, careful reasoning and interpretive insight. He writes in a style accessible to the general reader and also of equal value to the scholar interested in African and general intellectual history.
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Selections from The Husia
Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt

Selected and Retranslated BY MAULANA KARENGA

Selections from The Husia

A selection and retranslation of the oldest sacred text in the world, with critical commentaries on the richness of the African spiritual achievement and legacy in ancient Egypt. In this selection we read the earliest written record of the dawning of humanity’s structured consciousness concerning spirituality and ethics. Here we find, for the first time in human history, the concepts of Maat (truth, justice, rightness), humans in the image of God, human dignity, judgment after death, free will, immortality of the soul, human equality, and social justice.
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