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Feb 12
Founder of Kwanzaa Invited to Give Talk at OCC to Celebrate Black History Month

​Orange Coast College's Global Engagement Center, UMOJA and EOPS programs, as well as its International Multicultural Center, have teamed up to organize a special event featuring activist and scholar Dr. Maulana Karenga on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. at the OCC Planetarium. 

Dr. Karenga is the creator of Kwanzaa and the writer of the Nguzo Saba (the Seven Principles), and currently is a professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach. His talk, titled "Living the Legacy of Black History: Remembrance, Reflection, Resistance and Remaking the World" is part of OCC's celebration of Black History Month, which takes place during February. 

Kwanzaa is a weeklong secular holiday that celebrates African heritage and identity, and is observed by millions of individuals all over the world. Dr. Karenga is the author of authoritative books on the subject, including "Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture," and he has received numerous awards for this work, which has spanned more than five decades. He holds two Ph.D's, one in political science (United States International University) and another in social ethics (University of Southern California), as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Durban, South Africa.