Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sir Hilary Beckles, Headline Tribute to Don Rojas
By Herb Boyd
For most of his adult life, Don Rojas has been a revolutionary freedom fighter for justice and equality. That spirit remains undaunted as he wages a battle against multiple myeloma, an aggressive form of bone cancer. His treatment includes chemotherapy, infusions of steroids and bone marrow transplants.
Not only is the treatment debilitating, but the cost is also taking a financial toll on him and his family. Over the last several weeks, a tribute committee has been actively engaged in raising funds and while a substantial amount has been donated online, the committee decided to host a fundraising benefit with guest speakers and entertainment to help defray his increasingly large expenses.
On May 11, 2019 at the historic House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles, the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, where Don worked as his senior communications advisor and helped design and launch the UWI’s television network, will headline a roster of prominent dignitaries. The benefit tribute will be welcomed by the Reverends Herbert and Karen Daughtry, and such notables as Dr. Ron Daniels, Charles and Inez Barron, Dr. Brenda Greene, Dr. Todd Burroughs and Viola Plummer are slated to deliver testimonials, along with a number of notable Pan-Africanists and activists from the Caribbean, many of them prepared to share comments about Don’s leadership in the reparations and racial justice movements.
“I will always remember his unequivocal dedication to the liberation struggle as a member of the Black United Front,” said Rev. Daughtry. “It was during this period that his communication skills were indispensable.”
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You must use code 51019 at checkout for sale to be credited to the Rojas campaign. Samples include titles by Walter Mosley, John Henrik Clarke & Yosef Ben-Jochannan as well as reissuing significant works by Amiri Baraka, Larry Neal, W.E.B. DuBois, Edward Blyden, Bobby Seale, J.A. Rogers and others. Stock up on Black Books while helping Don Rojas in the “Fight for his Life.”
The assembled speakers are reflective of Don’s long and productive journalistic and public communications journey, including: stints as Press Secretary to the late Prime Minister Maurice Bishop of Grenada; he served as the NAACP’s first Director of Communications, Executive Editor of the New York Amsterdam News, consultant to the National Council of Churches, Director of Communications and International Relations for the Institute of the Black World, 21st Century, and The Black World Today, an online publication he conceived and helmed.
An ensemble led by Ahmed Abdullah and poetry/rap by Talib Kweli are additional highlights of the evening.
The event is Saturday, May 11 from 4 to 7 pm and open to the public at House of the Lord Church, which is located at 415 Atlantic Avenue and Bond St. (Take the A train to Hoyt/Schermerhorn). For additional information call 718-596-1991.