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LIST OF MELANIN WRITERS
Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. She is an ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past, and continue to struggle through the present. Dr. Joy is the acclaimed author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome — America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: The Study Guide, with a second book in the works, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Part 2: Be The Healing. Dr. DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications; two master degrees in Social Work and Clinical Psychology; and a PhD in Social Work Research. With over twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives a practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society.
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13 July 1934 (age 83) Abeokuta, Nigeria Protectorate (now Ogun State, Nigeria)
Soyinka was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta. After studying in Nigeria and the UK, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. He went on to write plays that were produced in both countries, in theatres and on radio. He took an active role in Nigeria’s political history and its struggle for independence from Great Britain. In 1965, he seized the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service studio and broadcast a demand for the cancellation of the Western Nigeria Regional Elections. In 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War, he was arrested by the federal government of General Yakubu Gowon and put in solitary confinement for two years.
Soyinka has been a strong critic of successive Nigerian governments, especially the country’s many military dictators, as well as other political tyrannies, including the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe. Much of his writing has been concerned with “the oppressive boot and the irrelevance of the colour of the foot that wears it”. During the regime of General Sani Abacha (1993–98), Soyinka escaped from Nigeria on a motorcycle via the “NADECO Route.” Abacha later proclaimed a death sentence against him “in absentia.” With civilian rule restored to Nigeria in 1999, Soyinka returned to his nation.
In Nigeria, Soyinka was a Professor of Comparative Literature (1975 to 1999) at the Obafemi Awolowo University, then called the University of Ife. With civilian rule restored to Nigeria in 1999, he was made professor emeritus. While in the United States, he first taught at Cornell University and then at Emory University where in 1996 he was appointed Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the Arts. Soyinka has been a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has served as scholar-in-residence at NYU’s Institute of African American Affairs and at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, US. He has also taught at the universities of Oxford, Harvard and Yale.
Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa is a pan-African writing prize awarded biennially to the best literary work produced by an African. It was established by the Lumina Foundation in 2005 in honour of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, who presents the prize, which is chosen by an international jury of literary figures. Administered by the Lumina Foundation, the prize has been described as “the African equivalent of the Nobel Prize”.
The winner receives $20,000 at the awards ceremony in Lagos or a selected city in Africa. Entries must be written in English or French. Although originally all genres were considered for every award, since 2014 only one genre is eligible for each edition of the award, with drama being considered for 2014, poetry in 2016, and prose in 2018.
- 2006 Sefi Atta, Everything Good Will Come. The inaugural award took place on 5 August 2006 at the Muson Centre, Lagos, Nigeria, where the guest speaker was former Ghana President John Agyekum Kufuor.
- 2008 Nnedi Okorafor, Zahrah the Windseeker
- 2010 (shared prize)
- 2012 Sifiso Mzobe, Young Blood
- 2014 Akin Bello, The Egbon of Lagos (play)
Discusion at Bolzano, Sudtirol Video
University of Bolzano, Europe
August 22. 2017
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present is a 2007 book by It is a history of medical experimentation on African Americans. From the era of slavery to the present day, this book presents the first full account of black America’s mistreatment as unwitting subjects of medical experimentation.
Medical Apartheid traces the convoluted history of medical experimentation on Black Americans in the United States since the middle of the eighteenth century. Harriet Washington argues that “diverse forms of racial discrimination have shaped both the relationship between white physicians and black patients and the attitude of the latter towards modern medicine in general”.
The book is divided into three parts: the first is about the cultural memory of medical experimentation; the second examines recent cases of medical abuse and research; while the last addresses the complex relationship between racism and medicine. Some topics discussed are well-known, such as the ‘Tuskegee Syphilis Study’ (1932–72), in which African Americans suffering from the disease were prevented from receiving the necessary medication by the US Public Health Service so that the evolution of the disease could be observed, but other episodes are less well known to the general public. The book also mentions cases of Medical Experimentation in Africa and their links to African-American cases.
Medical Apartheid won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. Harriet Washington has been a fellow in ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University.
Early life and education
Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1941, Wilson completed his undergraduate degree at the Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, mastered at The New School of Social Research, and attained a PhD degree from Fordham University in New York. Wilson worked as a psychologist, social caseworker, supervising probation officer and as a training administrator in the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice. As an academic, Wilson also taught at City University of New York from 1981 to 1986 and at the College of New Rochelle from 1987 to 1995.
Views on power and racism
Wilson believed that the vast power differentials between Africans and non-Africans was the major social problem of the 21st century. He believed these power differentials, and not simply racist attitudes, was chiefly responsible for the existence of racism, and the continuing domination of people of African descent across the globe.
As a scholar of Africana studies, Wilson felt that the social, political and economic problems that Blacks faced, the world over, were unlike those of other ethnic groups; and thus, he argued that the concept of “equal education” ought to be abandoned in favor of a philosophy and approach appropriate to their own needs. Wilson argued that the function of education and intelligence was to solve the problems particular to a people and nation, and to secure that people and nation’s biological survival. Any philosophy of education or approach which failed to do so was inadequate.
—Amos Wilson, The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness
Wilson further argued that the mythological notion of progress to which many Blacks subscribe, was a false one; that integration could only occur and persist, as a social-economic reality, so long as the U.S. and global economies continued to expand. If such an economic situation were ever to reverse, or change for the worst, then the consequences which would follow could end up resulting in increased racial conflict; thus he urged Blacks to consider disintegration as a realistic possibility — to prepare for all hypothetical scenarios — with the understanding that integration was not guaranteed to last forever.
Wilson also believed that racism was a structurally and institutionally driven phenomenon derived from the inequities of power relations between groups, and could persist even if and when more overt expressions of it were no longer present. Racism, then, could only be neutralized by transforming society (structurally) and the system of power relations.
- The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child (1978)
- Black-on-Black Violence: The Psychodynamics of Black Self-Annihilation in Service of White Domination (1990)
- Understanding Black Male Adolescent Violence: Its Prevention and Remediation (1992)
- Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children (1992)
- The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness: Eurocentric History, Psychiatry and the Politics of White Supremacy (1993)
- Blueprint for Black Power: A Moral, Political and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-First Century (1998)
- Afrikan-Centered Consciousness Versus the New World Order: Garveyism in the Age of Globalism (1999)
- The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child — Second Edition (2014)
- Issues of Manhood in Black and White: An Incisive Look at Masculinity and the Societal Definition of Afrikan Man (2016).
Alfredo Darrington Bowman best known as Dr Sebi
Alfredo Darrington Bowman (26 November 1933 – 6 August 2016), better known as Dr. Sebi, was a Honduran vegetarian, healer and naturalist of holistic medicine who was litigated in 1988 in the New York City Supreme Court and faced civil and criminal charges for practicing medicine without a license. Although not a licensed physician, witnesses had testified that their health was improved as a result of USHA’s dietary programs; after the prosecution failed to convince the jury that Bowman made a medical diagnosis, Bowman was found not guilty in the associated criminal trial. Bowman and the USHA were however successfully sued by the New York attorney general’s consumer fraud section, and were prevented from making any therapeutic claims regarding any of their products.
Bowman based his concepts on an Alkaline diet that would nurture the cells of the body and activate the body’s bio-electric conductivity for healing properties, opposed to a diet consisting of acid, blood (meat), starch, and hybrid foods that he claimed causes disease. The supposed benefits of Alkaline diets are considered to be pseudoscience, as the body self-regulates pH within very strict limits (Acid–base homeostasis) regardless of food intake.
His core principles are naturopathic and uses his personal experience as his guide for a combination of herbs and natural practices for conditions of the human body.
Bowman was arrested on 28 May 2016 while attempting to board a private plane from the Juan Manuel Gálvez de Roatan Airport whilst carrying $37,000 in cash. He was first released pending a court hearing on 6 June 2016, only to be re-arrested by the Public Ministerio on money laundering charges. He was held for several weeks in a Honduran prison as his family was attempting to obtain his release and subsequently died en route to Hospital D’Antoni on 6 August 2016 due to complications of pneumonia after police officials realized the severity of his health.
There is skepticism among his followers who question his arrest claiming that there was a conspiracy to silence him because of his holistic claims and its impact by promoting a healthy lifestyle and avoiding the expensive cost of pharmaceutical drugs, that grew attention in his latter years through social media despite not being FDA-Approved or a licensed physician. The exact date, length and charges of his arrest and incarceration has not been confirmed, as well as his jail conditions while in custody.
Some of Bowman’s supporters suggest that his mainstream media silence was to avoid reporting his successes as there is no money in a cure, instead in sickness in what is a multibillion-dollar medical industry.