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Historynotes HISTORY NOTES: DR. JAN RYNVELD CAREW

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    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,
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      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
      and activists.

      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.
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