Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan (Solwazi Afi Olusola photo)
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Tuesday, April 25, community and family members presented a proposal to rename the meridian at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard after the esteemed, world-renowned historian and educator Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan.
A tribute honoring several renowned African scholar warriors will take place in Harlem this weekend, concluding this Greco-Roman calendar year, and ushering in the next.
It has been known throughout the long continuum of the African(a) experience that when an elder dies, it is as if a library burns.
Toward the front of the headquarters of the National Action Network in Harlem, there is a chair—no, a throne—that was placed there for the venerable Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan.
The tributes have been numerous and are continuing for the Black Man of the Nile. Having known “Dr. Ben,” as he is affectionately known, for many years from England to the U.S., this journalist was asked to attend the meeting and bear witness to the proceedings during the organizing of his funeral.