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. The legacies of Dr. Chancellor Williams (12/22/1893), Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop (12/29/23), Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan, aka Dr. Ben (12/31/18) and Dr. John Henrik Clarke (1/1/15) will be commemorated at Harlem’s National Black Theater (2031 Fifth Ave.), Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“They worked together to get the information to the people so that we could reawaken and be ourselves again,” stated street scholar Brother Sekou. “You should’ve seen them. They each wrote books which helped free our minds from European and Arab colonialism.”
All four men were activists in the streets before stepping into the academic arena in various institutions of higher learning throughout the world.
“They laid down a foundation which many of us followed,” stated Dr. Leonard Jeffries, who celebrates his 80th physical day anniversary Jan. 19. “They sparked the African Renaissance or reawakening of our minds.”
Suggested readings by the four griots include 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.”
Professor James Small suggested, “They lived their lives and did their works. They prescribed to us, in their books, what we have to do to be whole Africans once again. They left us plenty examples, we just have to read their books and get the next generation going.”
After the second annual tribute to the ancestral scholars at the National Black Theater, another seminar will be conducted that same night at The Clarke House (286 Convent Ave.) at 10 p.m.