The book shows Karenga to be an intellectual giant willing to practice his theories in order to manifest his intense emotional attachment to culture, truth and justice. Asante's enlightening presentation and riveting critique of Karenga's works reveal a compelling account of a thinker whose contributions extend far beyond the Academy. Although Karenga began his career as a student activist, a civil rights leader, a Pan Africanist, and a culturalist, he ultimately succeeds in turning his fierce commitment to truth toward dissecting political, social, and ethical issues. Asante carefully analyzes Karenga's important works on Black Studies, but also his earlier works on culture and his later works on ethics, such as The Husia, and Odu Ifa: The Ethical Teachings.
Foreword by Ama Mazama, Temple University vi
1 Karenga and the Drawing of Cultural Grounds 1
2 The Cultural Narrative 30
3 Controlling Intellectual Territory 57
4 Creating Historical Possibilities 94
5 Implementing the Lessons 164
Bibliography of Key Writings 187