- NAME: Maulana Karenga
- OCCUPATION: Educator, Civil Rights Activist, Writer
- BIRTH DATE: July 14, 1941 (Age: 72)
- Did You Know?: Maulana Karenga changed his name from Ronald Everett, with Maulana meaning "master teacher" and Karenga meaning "keeper of tradition."
- EDUCATION: Los Angeles Community College, University of California, Los Angeles, United States International University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Parsonsburg, Maryland
- Originally: Ronald McKinley Everett
- AKA: Maulana Karenga
- Full Name: Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga
- ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer
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An African-American professor of Africana Studies, activist and author, best known as the creator of the pan-African and African-American holiday of Kwanzaa.
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Afterward, Karenga went back to school and earned two doctorate degrees. He then began to embrace Marxist principles of class struggle and encouraged blacks to work together toward common goals. He has played a key role in developing programs that have defined black identity and helped many African-Americans connect to their cultural roots, both in the academic world and local communities. Karenga credits previous African-American leader such as W.E.B. DuBois, Anna Julia Cooper, Malcom X,
A prolific writer, Karenga has authored numerous scholarly articles and books, including Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt: A Study in Classical African Ethics and the authoritative text Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture. Karenga has served as chair of the Department of Black Studies at the University of California at Long Beach and became chair of the President's Task Force on Multicultural Education. After the 1992 riots in Los Angeles that followed the beating of Rodney King by police, Karenga once again became a voice of healing. In 1995, he sat on the organizing committee and authored the mission statement of the Million Man March. He continues to be a major voice in the African-American community.
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