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Karamu Forum: Reflections on freedom's journey


Dr. Tyner writes of Karamu Reform in Insight News on December 26, 2013.

What does freedom truly mean?

For African-Americans, was it won 150 years ago with the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation? What are some of the challenges facing freedom today? These are some of the questions that I began to ponder as I explored freedom's journey through the chapters of the past, present, and future. 

I was blessed with the opportunity to sit at the professor's (Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati) feet and learn more about freedom and my role as a freedom fighter. El-Kati taught us that freedom is a continual pursuit and not a destination. One of the first lessons that I learned from El-Kati was the importance of understanding history since the past is a prologue to the future. As we gathered together at the solidarity discussions, I began to make a connection between the history of freedom in the context of the African-American experience and freedom's challenges today. I realized that I was "miseducated" about the role of African-Americans in the pursuit of freedom in America. I learned two important lessons from the Professor's teachings.

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