World-renowned Egyptologist, Grand Kemetician Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, affectionately known as “Dr. Ben,” will be laid to rest April 10 at Ferncliff Cemetery in Ardsley, N.Y., after a service at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church.
It promises to be a tremendous affair, with people coming from all over the African Diaspora to pay their respects to the prolific author and unrelenting historian.
Professor James Small, international vice president of the Organization of Afro-American Unity told the Amsterdam News, “We are inviting the international community to come and celebrate the life of one of our greatest ancestors, the man who almost singlehandedly took Egypt from white intellectuals and white academia and gave it back to its rightful owners, the African people of the world.”
Surrounded by his family at Bay Park Nursing Home in the Bronx, Jochannan, 97, made his transition March 19 at 3:30 a.m.
Tributes have come in from all over the world, and the Amsterdam News website and phone lines have been flooded with inquiries about details of the funeral.
Commenting on last week’s story (http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2015/mar/26/dr-ben-makes-his-transition-funeral-details-announ), Delinda Wills Thomas said, “Dr. Ben, Black Man of the Nile, maestro, icon, genius … my first teacher of TRUTHS of our people … African or Black people … I will forever remember Dr. Ben by allowing his African-centered teachings and my learning to spread around the globe … History is delicious food to my mind, music to my ear and I have Dr. Ben to thank for that … Condolences to the family, thanks for sharing your dad’s mind and his love for African people with us.”
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The home-going details are as follows:
The wake takes place Thursday, April 9, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Abyssinian Baptist Church
132 W. 138th St., New York, N.Y.
The duat/funeral service will be held Friday, April 10, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 W. 138th St., New York, N.Y.
Burial will occur at Ferncliff Cemetery, 280 Secor Rd., Ardsley, N.Y.
The repast will be served at the National Black Theater, 2031 5th Ave., New York, N.Y.