Rev. Ishakamusa Barashango

Rev. Dr. Ishakamusa Barashango began his journey to           Nsamando, the land of the Ancestors on January 14, 2004. The dynamic     minister, author, historian, educator    and motivational speaker was born     April 27, 1938 to Florine Mason in       Philadelphia, PA. He earned a            Bachelor of Arts in Religion from      Oakwood College, Huntsville, AL and was awarded Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degrees from the College of Doctors of the New Afrikan University Network System, Washington, DC and the Sankore Institute operating under the auspices of Texas Southern Universty, Houston,TX.

Rev. Barashango founded the Temple of the Black Messiah, School of History and Religion and co-founded Fourth Dynasty Publishing Company of Silver Spring. He also taught history and religion at several colleges and universities.

In August, 1996 he married Lydia Umyemi who worked with him to establish the Temple of the Black Messiah, New World Church of All Faiths, Philadelphia, PA.

Baba is survived by his wife Lydia Umyemi, his children; Daima Abdur-Rasheed, Wayne (Chaka) Mason, Damali Mason, Osagefo, T-Shaka Changa Cunningham, Njema Walker, Imari Marcel Nialah Barashano Washington, several grandchildren, and a host of grandchildren. Condolences and donations may be sent in care of Lydia Umyemi, Cornucopia, 4942 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131. A tribute is planned for February 14, 2004.


Monday, 26 January 2004

"We lost the twin towers of African spirituality and intellectual development," Dr. Leonard Jeffries said of Dr. Jacob H. Carruthers, Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Ishakamusa Barashango. Photo Caption: Rev. Dr. Ishakamusa Barashango.

By Herb Boyd
Managing Editor, TBWT

"Jacob was one of our leading scholars and I was working with him on ten volume world history project. Ishakamusa and I were developing a communiversity. He had already founded the Temple of the Black Messiah, School of History and Religion." Photo: Dr. Jacob Carruthers.Photo by Kwaku Person
Dr. Carruthers, perhaps best known for his meticulous translations of Kemetic (Egyptian) hieroglyphics, made his transition on January 4 in Chicago. He was 73.

According to his close friend, Robert L. Gray of Houston, Carruthers died from cancer.

"He was just a brilliant guy, there were none smarter," Gray told the Houston Chronicle last week.

Carruthers was highly respected historian and educator, and the founding director of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization and founder and director of the Kemetic Institute in Chicago. He earned a master's degree in government from Texas Southern University and his doctorate in political science from the University of Colorado.

For the last several years he had been a professor of Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. Like his mentors Cheikh Anta Diop and Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Carruthers was totally involved in the study of African history and culture and how the fruit of that research could be another weapon in our struggle for liberation.

"Restoration of African civilization is not possible without a return to African Spirituality," Carruthers wrote in the Preface to his book "Intellectual Warfare," Third World Press, 1999. "Therefore we must revisit African theology. Cultivation of the relationships among divinity, cosmos, nature, society, and humanity is the office of all conscious Africans. Indeed, Kemetic theology is synonymous with the concept of human speech. The words Medew Netcher mean divine speech...thus it is a metaphor for our spiritual project. In other words, the road to African liberation begins at the door of the 'Good Old African Spirit.'"

One of Carruthers' associates, Dr. Asa Hilliard III, recalled his friend's genius as "his ability to render valid problem definitions and in his ability to communicate difficult and complex ideas clearly." For this and more, Dr. Jeffries said: "He will be missed."

He is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Jacob Carruthers III, Darnell Carruthers and Christopher Carruthers; a daughter, Tawakalitu Jogunosimi; two grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Dr. Barashango departed from us to another sphere on January 14 in Philadelphia. He apparently succumbed to a heart attack during his morning walk. Barashango, who was elevated to a grand master scholar in 2000 while in Kemet and co-founder and creative director of the Fourth Dynasty Publishing Company in Silver Spring, Maryland, would have been 66 in April.

"I've known Dr. Barashango for more than a quarter of a century," said Dr. Jack Felder. "In fact, we talked for about two hours two days before he made his transition. One thing he always stressed and that most impressed me was that we can never free our minds as long as we view God as a white man or as long as we keep worshiping white people's Holy-days (Holidays). He was a pillar of our community."

Dr. Barashango, affectionately known as Baba, received his bachelor of arts degree in religion from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. He studied for his master's degree at Northeastern Seminary in Takoma Park, Maryland. The New Afrikan University Network System of Washington, D.D. saluted him with an honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree in 1979.

Always a popular lecturer, Baba leaves behind a vast collection of taped speeches on such topics as "Ten Points on the Afro-Centric Realities of Religious Thoughts and Practice," "The Role of Religion in Afrikan Historical Development," and "The Afrikan Origins of the Bible."

"He was also a prolific author," said Minister Clemson Brown, who spoke at Dr. Barashango's funeral in Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 17. "I've known for some 20 years and he was completely dedicated to the physical, mental and spiritual liberation of our people. He dedicated his life to these causes." Barashango's most recent book was published by Fourth Dynasty.

Along with a host of esteemed colleagues, Barashango leaves his wife Lydia Umyemi (Mumia Abu-Jamal's sister), his children Daima Abdur-Rasheed, Wayne (Chaka) Mason, Damali Mason, Osagefo, T-Shaka, Changa Cunningham, Njema Walker, Imari Marcel, Nailah Barashango Washington, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren to carry on his legacy.Monday, 26 January 2004

Poem by Rev. Ishakamusa Barashango:
Kwanzaa Time is Here

Kwanzaa time is here...Harambee!
Festival of cheer during Kwanzaa
First Fruits of the year...Harambee!
Labors of Black people for a nation.

Oh, we can build a nation on justice and righteousness,
Awakening the eons of knowledge and Blackness.

Our Ancestors' here...Harambee!
Spirits drawing near for Kwanzaa
This they hold so dear...Harambee!
Pan-Afrika is their new creation.

Na Ujamaa...
Nguzo Saba!!!

It's Kwanzaa time!
It's Kwanzaa time!
It's Kwanzaa time!
It's Kwanzaa time!

by Rev. Ishakamusa Barashango

Kwanzaa Light



Khandi Pages Web-designer Notes:

Rev. Ishakamusa Barashango was like a dad to me.  There are many of us who can say that. (smiling w/a tear). My experiences with him were many and varied.  He always made me feel like a daughter, right down to referring to me as such. Though We didn't speak often, We spoke intensely when We did. He was the best listener and gave guarded, indepth and intimate advice. His insight was just what was needed. He never turned down an opportunity to be a confidant. Since his transition, i have found him to be a closer Ancestor to me than We were in life, though the thought of being closer, was originally unphanthomable for me inititally. i call his name 3 times a day, in prayer, invocation and libation, minimally. And i thank Olodumare (the Most High) for the opportunity to have known him and to have had him know me. Me do wo baba mi (i luv you my dad). Mama Khandi