Black Loss: Can We Replace The Greats Of The Race

Black Loss: Can We Replace The Greats Of The Race
(2000 – 2014)

In the past few months Black People have lost several iconic figures.  The recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Chokwe Lumumba have forced revolutionary circles to face their mortality.  The question is quickly becoming: Do we have the cultural capacity to secure our continuity?

In this modern age as we are battling “Weapons of Mass Distraction” and the “Dumbing Down of America”, it is increasingly easier to replace athletes and entertainers than it is to identify and nurture new intellectual talent in the spawning pools of future revolutionaries and scholars.  At one point the intellectual capital of our people laid within the movement. Today many of our intellectuals are adverse to the movement and some are used to discredit and work against the movement for the complete and unconditional liberation of African descendants in America.

As we reflect on this listing please add anyone we may have missed, particularly Black Women (2000 – 2014), in the comments section.

muhammad

Khallid Abdul Muhammad

January 12, 1948 – February 17, 2001

caruthers
Jacob Carruthers

February 15, 1930 – January 4, 2004

barashango
Ishakamusa Barashango

April 27, 1938 – January 14, 2004

coretta
Coretta Scott King

April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006

asa
Asa G. Hilliard

August 22, 1933 – August 13, 2007

van sertima
Ivan Van Sertima

January 26, 1935 – May 25, 2009

heron
Gil Scott Heron

April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011

cokely
Steve Cokely

June 17, 1952 – April 11, 2012

martin
Tony Martin

February 21, 1942 – January 17, 2013

mandela
Nelson Mandela

July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013

Amiri
Amiri Baraka

October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014

chokwe
Chokwe Lumumba

August 2, 1947 – February 25, 2014

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