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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.


Khallid Abdul Muhammad

January 12, 1948 – February 17, 2001

Jacob Carruthers

February 15, 1930 – January 4, 2004

Ishakamusa Barashango

April 27, 1938 – January 14, 2004

Coretta Scott King

April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006

Asa G. Hilliard

August 22, 1933 – August 13, 2007

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Ivan Van Sertima

January 26, 1935 – May 25, 2009

Gil Scott Heron

April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011

Steve Cokely

June 17, 1952 – April 11, 2012

Tony Martin

February 21, 1942 – January 17, 2013

Nelson Mandela

July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013

Amiri Baraka

October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014

Chokwe Lumumba

August 2, 1947 – February 25, 2014

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  1. CPC

    With all due respect for the work the mentioned above have done, wasn’t part of their obligations to ensure the answer to you question? You may lack confidence in today’s youth to be as remarkable, but who taught them?

    Also, it helps to acknowledge there’s no such thing as race. Then, we’d see that all people benefitted from the work the above did. And the African Americans must make solidarity with those who share, respect and defend their interests, which may be a person of different skin pigmentation.

    1. Blackstonian

      many of them did do exactly that, but the question is can we duplicate the process on a grander scale…
      If you look at Amiri Baraka’s son – Ras Baraka
      and look at Chokwe Lumumba’s son – Chokwe A. Lumumba
      I think those are 2 great examples
      and there are many more who you wont hear about or do not know
      I think that the scholars who put in many hours of research time and have produced long standing information have collectively touched 100’s of thousands of lives, mine included and their legacy lives on through their work and that is their contribution.

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