African scholar warriors: Drs. Ben, Clarke, Diop & Williams

AUTODIDACT 17 | 12/26/2019, 2:07 p.m.
The legacies of several progressive activists-turned-scholars were recognized Tuesday evening, Dec. 24, 2019 at Harlem’s National Black Theater, during a ...
Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan (Solwazi Afi Olusola photo)

The legacies of several progressive activists-turned-scholars were recognized Tuesday evening, Dec. 24, 2019 at Harlem’s National Black Theater, during a special born day bash which concluded this Greco-Roman calendar year, while introducing the next one. This evening will be a “celebration, commemoration and rededication” of the legacies of Dr. Chancellor Williams (12/22/1893), Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop (12/29/1923), Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan, aka Dr. Ben (12/31/1918) and Dr. John Henrik Clarke (1/1/1915). Opening this discussion was fellow-Capricorn Dr. Leonard Jeffries (1/19/1937), his wife Dr. Rosalyn Jeffries, Prof. James Small, Dr. Georgina Falu, and others.

“We set aside this specific time to pay special tribute to our great African scholar warriors,” stated Dr. Leonard Jeffries. “There’s a whole school of brothers and sisters that we need to acknowledge.”

Prior to acquiring their academic credentials the four men were prominent street scholars at various Black communiversities, who then decided to reach other audiences.

“These men not only engaged in academia but purposed their work for later generations of common African people to show how the history of our people can be a tool to defend our people from the onslaught of white supremacy,” explains Dr. Reggie Mabry, who’s also scheduled to speak. “Each of these scholars showed in their great work that our common people are in fact the same people that history reveres. All gave up lofty positions in white academia where those institutions would have watered down and integrated the legacy of our people and what we could achieve.”

These urban griots are partly responsible for the great African renaissance which has steadily been occurring over the past half-a-century and has helped resurrect Black people’s original mindset. They also provided their mentally liberating info as literature to reach more people and preserve it for future generations to be able to consume.

“They wanted to share the information about our great heritage with others so that we can learn about how great we really are,” suggested street scholar, Brother Sekou.

Williams’ “Destruction of Black Civilizations” and “Rebirth of African Civilizations,” Diop’s “Civilization or Barbarism,” Ben-Jochannan’s “Blackman of the Nile and His Family” and Clarke’s “African World Revolution,” are must-reads.

Dr. Marbry concludes: “They, through great personal suffering against all odds, forced white academia to no longer hide the fact that African history and African struggle is directly connected, and those walking in the streets of Harlem, Detroit, France and the Caribbean have the potential to change the world, for they were once common Africans.”