Historynotes HISTORY NOTES: DR. JAN RYNVELD CAREW
- THE GLOBAL AFRICAN COMMUNITY HISTORY NOTES
"TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN: DR. JAN RYNVELD CAREW"
BY RUNOKO RASHIDI*
Jan Rynveld Carew was born in Agricola-Rome, Guyana, South America in
1925. He is a remarkable man who has been described an a "Novelist,
playwright, poet, educator." He describes himself as "an inveterate
wanderer for whom travel is like the breath of life." He was educated
at Howard University, Western Reserve University, Charles University in
Prague and the Sorbonne in Paris. He has taught at London University,
Princeton, Rutgers, Illinois Wesleyan, Hampshire College, Northwestern
and Lincoln Universities. He has been a major contributor to the
Journal of African Civilizations and Race and Class. He is the author
of Grenada: The Hour Will Strike Again, Fulcrums of Change, and Ghosts
in Our Blood: With Malcolm X in Africa, England and the Caribbean. His
essays include: "Estevanico: The African Explorer," "Columbus and the
Origins of Racism in the Americas," and "Moorish Culture-Bringers:
Bearers of Enlightenment."
He has resided in Mexico, England, France, Spain, Ghana, Canada and
United States. The men and women that he has interacted with, including
W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes, Malcolm X, Kwame Nkrumah,
Shirley Graham DuBois, Maurice Bishop, Cheikh Anta Diop, Edward Scobie,
John Henrik Clarke, Tsegaye Medhin Gabre, Sterling D. Plumpp and Ivan
Van Sertima, form a veritable pantheon of illustrious African scholars
Jan Rynveld Carew is one of the truly great men of our era and
represents the finest traditions of our people. He is an intellectual
and an activist whose life personifies the maxim of Kwame Nkrumah:
"Thought without practice is empty, action without thought is blind."
He writes and speaks with passion and poetry. His scholarship is
flawless. Of all the men I have met, none have impressed me more than
Jan Carew. Listen to him and mind his words.
*Runoko Rashidi is an historian, research specialist, public lecturer
and world traveler. He is currently organizing an educational tour of
Australia and Fiji scheduled for July 2000. For information on the
tour, to schedule lectures and order audio and video tapes, contact
Rashidi at: RRashidi@... or call (210) 648-5178.