Originated the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa; influential in the 1960s and 1970s Black Power movement.
He attended both Los Angeles City College and UCLA, graduating with a degree in political science with an emphasis in African Studies.
He co-founded US with Hakim Jamal, the black nationalism and social change organization.
He married Tiamoyo Karenga in 1970.
He participated in the documentary, "The Black Candle," which Maya Angelou narrated.
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