With all the energy and spirituality of his Orisha/Ifa African spiritual tradition on Monday, April 15, educator and activist Stan Kinard was honored at his Brooklyn homegoing. On Saturday, April 6, 2019, Kinard made his transition after a long battle with cancer.
There was a drum-led procession from Boys and Girls High School, where the lifelong community activist ran his Carter G. Woodson program, to the famed Bethany Baptist Church in Bed Stuy.
The five-hour service was packed with community members, activists, educators and politicians. The church was incredibly moved by the words delivered by Kinard’s wife, cultural performer Tulani Kinard, and stirred by thoughts stated by famed life coach Iyanla Vanzant.
Those in attendance included Assemblyman Charles Barron, Assemblywoman Latrice Walker Borough, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and community notables such as Doris Pinn, Atiim Ferguson, Brenda Stokely, Lateefah Carter and Michael Hooper.