Robert Nesta Marley (1945 – 1981)

#ThrowBLACKThursdays His parents were Cedella Booker -singer & writer– ,& Norval Marley. It is a fact that you’re an alien if you haven’t listened to at least 1 Bob Marley song. He was born in Nine Mile, Jamaica. You can find a plethora of in depth articles on Bob Marley via Google’s search engine; to…

Okot p’Bitek (1931 – 1982)

#ThrowBLACKThursdays  “What they were teaching us was irrelevant to my experiences” He was one of the original voices in 20th-Century East African poetry. Okot p’Bitek was a poet, anthropologist & social critic. He was born in Northern Uganda; in Gulu, to a family of Luo people. Okot p’Bitek’s mother was the leader of her clan,…

Patrice Émery Lumumba (1925 -1961)

#ThrowBLACKthursday Patrice Lumumba was born in a placed called; Onalua a small village in northeastern Kinase. In 1954; He worked as a postal clerk in Stanleyville-now Kinsangani- where he stayed for 11yrs, sprouting his social/political involvement. He became a community leader, organizing a postal workers’ labor union. Patrice Lumumba was fluent in 5 languages &…

Claudia Vera Cumberbatch (1915-1964)

#ThrowBLACKthursday “people without a voice were as lambs to the slaughter” She was born in Belmont, Port Spain,Trinidad. She stayed there till she was 8 then her parents decided to relocate to Harlem, NewYork. There she spent a bulk of her years -30- achieving black excellence. She was a member of the Young Communist League….

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara(1949 -1987)

#ThrowBLACKthursday “you cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness.”  The revolutionary pan-african marxist conscientious leader was said to bleed charisma .Thomas Sankara was known for his foresight & passion for the plight of his people.  He was -what we like to think of- as a modern day Robin Hood…minus actually stealing from the rich….

Chinualumogu Achebe

#ThrowBLACKthursday  He was fondly known as the Father of Modern African Literature  If you haven’t read -or heard of- the enticing trance inducing & magnificent read that is the book “Things Fall Apart” you probably live under a rock. Or you hate reading & you dislike compelling stories. That’s on you. But that’s just one…