Originated the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa.
He attended both Los Angeles City College and UCLA, graduating with a degree in political science with an emphasis in African Studies.
He was a major figure in the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
He married Tiamoyo Karenga in 1970.
Maya Angelou narrated The Black Candle, a documentary he was a part of.