Maya Angelou (1928-2014) Gave Literary and Political Voice to African American Women

Poet, essayist, activist, film director spanned the spectrum between the arts and movement By Abayomi Azikiwe Libya 360° Many youth and students from successive generations were influenced by the widely-read book of Maya Angelou entitled “I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings.” The autobiographical work addressed the earlier and formative years of the author who…

General Gordon Baker, Jr. (1941-2014), Pioneer in African American Working Class Resistance

Co-founder of DRUM fought against exploitation and national oppression in the auto industry By Abayomi Azikiwe Libya 360° A standing-room-only audience at UAW Local 600 on the Detroit-Dearborn border attended a three-hour memorial program in honor of the life and contributions of General Gordon Baker, Jr., a co-founder of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM)…

Mabel Robinson Williams, (1931-2014), Leaves a Legacy of Revolutionary Struggle and Community Service

Along with husband Robert F. Williams they led a campaign for self-defense that shaped the 1960s By Abayomi Azikiwe Libya 360° Funeral services were held in Detroit on April 25 for Mrs. Mabel Robinson Williams, the widow of African American revolutionary Robert F. Williams. The couple had settled in Lake County, Michigan, in the western…

Remembering Malcolm X

Malcolm X and the Internationalization of the Black Struggle 50th anniversary of the OAAU’s memorandum to the OAU African American History Month Series 2014 By Abayomi Azikiwe Libya 360° In March of 1964, Malcolm X announced his official departure from the Nation of Islam where he had spent twelve years working on behalf of the…

New Year’s Message from Muammar Al Qaddafi

In 1989, the following message was released to the Christian World in the form of an open letter, by the revolutionary Muslim leader and martyr, Muammar Qaddafi. Qaddafi is one of the few Muslim leaders who truly understood the revolutionary doctrine of Tawheed, recognizing the oneness of God and God’s Creation. He dedicated his life…

Rest in Power, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

The passing of Cde Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 5 December 2013 Comrades and friends, The Mandela family, Fellow South Africans, “In the life of every nation, there arise men who leave an indelible and eternal stamp on the history of their peoples; men who are both products and makers of history. And when they pass they…