Umoja Karamu- Embrace your Heritage

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Umoja Karamu (oo-MOH-jah kah-RAH-moo) is a celebration of unity within the African-American family, community, and nation. Umoja Karamu is a Swahili term meaning “unity feast.” Many African Americans celebrate this day as an alternative to the national Thanksgiving Day holiday. The unity feast may also be observed during Kwanzaa celebrations in late December.

The concept of African and African-American unity is centuries old. But during the 1960s and 1970s, it was a major focus of black nationalists. During the 1980s and 1990s, Afrocentric scholars such as Ishakamusa Barashango, lecturer, author, and founder of Philadelphia’s Temple of the Black Messiah, drew further attention to the theme.

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Barashango, who died in 2004, argued that African Americans and black people of the diaspora should reject such European-American holidays as Thanksgiving and concentrate instead on understanding Africa’s culture and values that are the distinctive heritage of black people.

In 1971 Brother Edward Simms Jr. of the Temple of the Black Messiah in Philadelphia developed Umoja Karamu to celebrate the African-American family and home. According to Barashango, Simms defined the purpose of Umoja Karamu as “an effort to inject new meaning and solidarity into the Black Family through ceremony and symbol.”

The date for the holiday, the fourth Sunday of November, was established by the Temple of the Black Messiah in Washington, D.C. African Americans in other cities, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Chicago, soon followed the example.

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The celebration is based on five periods of African-American life, each represented by a color.

  1. Prior to Slavery – the color black, represents black families before slavery
  2. In Slavery – the color white, symbolizes the scattering blacks families during slavery
  3. Upon Emancipation – the color red, marks blacks’ liberation from slavery
  4. Struggle for Liberation – the color green, significances the struggle for civil rights and equality
  5. Looking to the Future – the color gold, points celebrants to hope for the future

Knowledge is Power (My Library part 2)

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I got a really great response when I did a post called My Library back in May.  I had a few people ask me what other books I had.  So I thought I’d list some of the books I have.  This is a list..but not all the books I own.  I’d also like my subscribers to list what books they have in their library. And also any books they would recommend for good reading.

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  1. The Destruction of Black Civilization-Chancellor Williams
  2. Black Athena- Martin Bernal
  3. Solutions for Black America-Jawanza Kunjufu
  4. Blueprint for Black Power- Amos Wilson
  5. Black on Black Violence- Amos Wilson
  6. Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness-Amos Wilson
  7. African Centered Consciousnes vs New World Order- Amos Wilson
  8. Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children-Amos Wilson
  9. Rock My Soul-bell hooks
  10. Killing Rage- bell hooks
  11. When We Ruled-Robin Walker
  12. Color Blind-Ellis Cose
  13. Dirty Little Secrets-Claud Anderson
  14. The Isis Papers- Frances Cress Welsing
  15. Black Man of The Nile-Dr Yosef Ben-Jochannan
  16. From Babylon to Timbuktu- Rudolph R. Windsor
  17. Conspiracy to Destroy Black Women- Michael Porter
  18. Egypt:Child of Africa- Ivan Van Sertima
  19. Blacks in Science-Ivan Van Sertima
  20. Golden Age of The Moor-Ivan Van Sertima
  21. $40 Million Slaves-William C. Rhoden
  22. Race Code War- Khari Enahora
  23. We Who are Dark-Tommie Shelby
  24. White Man Can’t Hump(Vol 1. & 2)- Todd Wooten
  25. Ready for Revolution-Ekwuene Michael Thelwell
  26. Black Planet-David Shields
  27. Civilization or Barbarism-Cheikh Anta Diop
  28. African Origin of Civilization- Cheikh Anta Diop
  29. Precolonial Black Africa- Cheikh Anta Diop
  30. The Cultural Unity of Black Africa-Cheikh Anta Diop
  31. Assata(biography)- Assata Shakur
  32. Racism without Racists- Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  33. White Logic,White Methods- Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  34. Who is White?- George Yancey
  35. African People & European Holidays-Ishakamusa Barashango
  36. Afrikan Woman the Original Guardian Angel- Ishakamusa Barashango
  37. 100 Years of Lynchings- Ralph Ginzburg
  38. White Whores & Black Whoremongers- Marsha Stewart
  39. The Interracial Con Game-Umoja & Trojan Pam
  40. Death of a Dark Nation- Anon & Trojan Pam
  41. Black Love is a Revolutionary Act- Umoja
  42. The Beauty Con Game- Umoja
  43. Blacked Out Through Whitewash- Dr. Suzar
  44. The Great Black Mamma of Creation- Dr. Suzar
  45. Drugs Masquerading as Foods- Dr. Suzar
  46.  How to Hustle & Win- Supreme Understanding
  47. The Hood Health Handbook Vol.1 & 2- Supreme Understanding
  48. Black God-Supreme Understanding
  49. When the World was Black Vol.1 &2-Supreme Understanding
  50. Knowledge of Self- Supreme Understanding
  51. The Wounded Womb- Dr. Phil Valentine
  52. Dismantling The Matrix- Baz Moreno
  53.  Essential Warrior- Shana Mfundishi Maasi
  54. The Afrikan Warriors Bible- Balogun Ojetade
  55. Igbo Dictionary & Phrasebook- Onyekachi Wambu
  56. Hip Hop Matters-  S. Craig Watkins
  57. How White Folks Got So Rich
  58. Debating Race- Michael Eric Dyson
  59.  Working toward Whiteness- David R. Roediger
  60. Presumed Alliance- Nicolas C. Vaca
  61. Makes me wanna Holler- Nathan McCall
  62. n*gger- Randall Kennedy
  63. Fire and Blood(a History of Mexico)-T.R. Fehrenbach
  64. Who’s gonna take the weight- Kevin Powell
  65. Behold a Pale Horse- William Cooper
  66. The Color Complex- Kathy Russell
  67. Skin Deep- Cedric Herring
  68.  We Aint no N*ggas- N. Quamere Cincere
  69.  The Book they never Wanted You to Read- Che’ Nazzerith
  70. The Liberation of the African Mind- Adisa Franklin
  71. The Sankofa Movement- Kwame Agyei & Akua Nson Akoto
  72. Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust- Dr. John Henrik Clarke
  73. Nutricide- Dr. Llaila Afrika
  74. Melanin:What makes Black people Black- Dr. Llaila Afrika
  75. African Holistic Health- Dr. Llaila Afrika
  76.  An Afrocentric Guide to a Spiritual Union- Ra Un Nefer Amen
  77. Metu Neter Vol.1- Ra Un Neter Amen
  78. Maat,The 11 Laws of God- Ra Un Neter Amen
  79. From N*ggas to Gods- Akil
  80. Radical Ways of Ancient Days- Okeba Ra Auset
  81. Nile Valley Contributions to Civilizations- Anthony Browder
  82. Survival Strategies for Africans in America- Anthony Browder
  83. What they Never Told You in History Class- Indus Khamit Kush
  84. Revolutionary Suicide- Huey P. Newton
  85. Marcus Garvey,Life and Lessons- Robert Hill
  86. Mentacide- Mwalimu Baruti
  87. Excuses,Excuses- Mwalimu Baruti
  88. Homosexuality and the Effeminization of Afrikan Males- Mwalimu Baruti
  89. The Sex Imperative- Mwalimu Baruti
  90. War on the Horizon:Black Resistance to the White Sex Assault- Irritated Genie
  91. Yurugu- Marimba Ani
  92. The Rebirth of African Civiization- Chancellor Williams
  93. Autobiography of Malcolm X
  94. Spiritual Warriors are Healers- Mfundishi Jhutyms Ka N Heru
  95. Niggers,Negroes,Black People & Africans- Paul Grant
  96. The Philosphy of Maat Kemetic Soulism- Maaxeru  Tep
  97. We are Heirs of the World’s Revolutions- Thomas Sankara
  98. Supreme Mathematic African Maat Magic- African Creation Energy
  99. Modern Guide to Non Hybrid & Wild Foods- Chef Ahki
  100. Psycho-Academic Holocaust- Umar Johnson

Afrikan People and European Holidays

European Holidays

As a race of people, we are entering into a very crucial and decisive period in earth’s history. The signs of the times point to the fact that a major change is about to take place in the world and the critical question is shall we perish or shall we go on to victory? The positive forces of life are available to assist us, and “The Father desires to give us the Kingdom”. It is now up to us, therefore we must pragmatically examine and reassess everything we have been and are now doing to see if it works for or against us. Unfortunately, many of our people find it difficult to even begin to imagine that they can conceive a thought other than that which whites via the various media systems have conditioned them to think.
Christmas, historically, has no real religious significance except to the
European world, as such it has no real meaning to us as A People for it does not
culturally project us in a positive light. Therefore, its failure to meet this
need means that it can only be working against our best interest. Understanding
that there are still some immature members of our race who feel they couldn’t
live without Christmas, we appeal to them to stop the wild spending and acting
so foolishly during the Christmas season and divest themselves of this mania.
The supposed happiness obtained from the MERRY Mess is too brief to pay such a
physical, mental, spiritual and economic price for.”

Afrikan Woman the Original Guardian Angel

This is an amazing book by the late Ishakamusa Barashango. A collection of writings on the Black Woman’s creation of and ongoing contribution to world civilization. This work sets forth documented proof that the original Afrikan Woman is the mother of all living. She was also the first to develop agricultural science, to create an alphabet and mathematics, to devise scripts for writing and to establish educational and social systems. In essence, she was the spiritual impetus for all scientific investigation in the ancient world. The black Woman was also the first builder of houses, constructor of cities, establisher of laws and governance and the creator of the market place. In fact, all the elements of civilization that humans hold dear initially emanated from her, that is why she was revered as an angel in antiquity.