Today we celebrate Kwame Ture day of birth, June 29th, 1941. The following is a reprint of an article that I wrote for The Black World Today back in February 1997 when the late Kwame Ture has honored by the United African Movement in Brooklyn, New York.
By Charles Brooks
His fiery spirit still burns strong! The scene was a perfect setting for what was about to occur. The sweet smell of incense filled the air, giving way to the flags of various African nations that were displayed overhead. As always there was a mood of fellowship and spirituality - joined by the common goal that brought the audience together to learn from the honoree, Kwame Ture.
The air was filled with electricity and anticipation as the packed audience waited to hear the words of the self-proclaimed revolutionary. The silence that filled the room as Alton Maddox, chairman of the United African Movement completed his introduction, quickly turned to a standing ovation as Kwame Ture took the microphone.
As he began to speak in strong and fiery tones, his shaven head proved to be the only reminder that this was a man who just last year suffered from prostate cancer. He spoke for over an hour with passion and undying love for his people about what he knows best…revolution and organizing! “There’s no greater honor than to die for your people,” said Mr. Ture.