FYI: The Origins of Kwanzaa and Its’ Founder, Dr. Ron Everett Karenga
With the African American holiday Kwanzaa upon us, have you ever wondered about its’ origin? What about the creator and founder of Kwanzaa? Who is he?
Dr. Ron Karenga may be vaguely known to you, but to those entrenched in the Black Power Movement of the sixties and seventies, Karenga is well known.
Below is some documentation about the creator of Kwanzaa, circa 1969, regarding Dr. Karenga’s involvement in the sinister activities to dismantle the Black Panther Party, with tragic results:
From The Black Panther Newspaper:
REPUBLIC OF NEW AFRICA DENOUNCES RON EVERETT (KARENGA)
TO: Brother Bobby Seale
In the Name of Peace and Power to the People:
Dear Brother Seale,
There was convened in the City of Detroit on April 5, 1969, a meeting of
the legislative assembly of the Republic of New Africa.
At this meeting, it was officially reported that Ron Karenga was
directed to explain the accusation and his responsibility, if any, in
the action that ended in the death of two Panther Brothers on the campus
Karenga, having failed to respond, was removed from the position of
Minister of Education of the RNA. Please bear in mind that Ron Karenga
was appointed to this position but the appointment was never approved,
neither by the cabinet of RNA nor by the legislative assembly and
therefore held on official position in RNA.
Speaking in the position of Minister of State and Foreign Affairs for
RNA, I have always felt that Ron Karenga represented a great deal less
than the best interests of the Black Liberation struggle against
domestic colonialism, white racism and world-wide imperialism.
Therefore, on the platform during the May 9 week of the Political
Prisoners, I would not hesitate to state such a position (on my
attitude) in the strongest possible language, concerning Ron Karenga.
While as representative of Republic of New Africa the above is my
clear-cut position of Ron Karenga, I am compelled to acknowledge some
apprehensions with regard to the direction the Panthers are taking
politically. I refer specifically to the telephone call from Cleveland
in which, as I have been told, you indicated a willingness to
cooperate if the Republic of New Africa was excluded, or if the Republic
of New Africa denounced Ron Karenga. Since I do not believe that there
can ever come a point in time when the political differences between
blacks will overshadow the four hundred years of inhuman treatment,
stemming from whites, I do not believe that we can presume to cooperate
with whites at the exclusion of blacks.
If there are serious political differences between the Panthers and the
Republic of New Africa, I do not believe they are more serious than the
differences between the blacks and whites in America. I believe there is
room for discussion.
Minister of State and foreign affairs, Yours for Power to the People