REMEMBERING ELOMBE BRATH!
We have lost a great repository of history and activism in the passing of Elombe Brath, Chairman of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition and as a former producer on Gil Noble’s legendary “Like It Is”, helping to make it the not-to-be-missed television program for the Black community. As host of “Afrikaleidoscope” on WBAI-FM, Elombe educated millions of listeners, including the publishers of Our Time Press, on issues affecting the African Diaspora. If you’ve heard the phrase “Black is Beautiful”, then you’ve been touched by Elombe’s work in laying the groundwork for the “Black Arts Movement”.
His loss must only strengthen the resolve of those of us who remain to follow Marcus Garvey’s exhortation, “Up you mighty Race, you can accomplish what you will.”
He leaves his wife Nomsa, six children, his brother Kwame and a worldwide network of friends and associates.
So many of my closest comrades in struggle are making their transitions. Gil Noble, Amiri Baraka, Jitu Weusi, Chokwe Lumumba, Atchuda Bakr, John Watusi Branch, Dave Walker to name a few. And now my beloved brother Elombe Brath. Brother Elombe was considered a walking encyclopedia on African Liberation and a pioneer in the cultural revolution in America. He showed us through his ” Grandassa Models ” that Black was beautiful long before it was fashionable. He was a Pan-Africanist Revolutionary Freedom Fighter of the highest order. Brother Elombe will be sorely missed. Take your well-deserved rest my Brother beside your heroes, Patrice Lumumba, Marcus Garvey, Carlos Cooks, Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X and countless others. “Job well-done my Brother”!