Community bids Dr. Ben farewell

AUTODIDACT 17 | 4/16/2015, 9:27 a.m.
Two days of ceremonies at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church last week allowed associates, comrades, family and friends of acclaimed Kemetaphysician ...
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Dr. Adelaide Sanford added, “He took us from the myth of Tarzan, from the adjectives of primates, savages and uncivilized, into the era of classical African civilizations. Your being here means you have committed to understanding the true imperatives of his legacy.”

Dr. Georgina Falu mentioned translating three of ben-Jochannan’s books into Spanish, saying how he’s “a great thinker, researcher, challenger and a defender of the truth with facts. We are inviting 150 million Latino-Blacks throughout South America to come and find that truth so that we know where we’re coming from … we are Africans! We have to make sure his legacy continues.”

Anthony T. Browder, one of ben-Jochannan’s pupils, concluded: “We witnessed an end of an era. We will never see great minds like Dr. Ben’s in our lifetime again. All of our great scholar warriors will look down on us, guide us, protect us and allow us to move forward to continue their work. We must prepare our bodies to receive their sacred energy because they will work through us. It’s only when we are receptive that we can truly be the vessels through which they will continue their great and mighty walk and they will never die … Ashe!”

Harlem’s National Black Theater is hosting a tribute Sunday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m.