Today I saw a mention of the Liberator and thought of 1963, the year my father, then Rev. Albert Cleage and later known as Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman, was chosen by Liberator magazine as person of the year. Sterling Grey (who wrote the article ) was a pen name of Richard Henry. He was later known as Imari Abubakari Obadele, and served as president of the Republic of New Africa.
4 thoughts on “Man of the Year – Detroit’s Rev. Albert B. Cleage, Jr. (1963)”
The older I get, the more Elders I live to see cross over, I realize this life is about legacy. How you live and what you leave that carries on. How many years has it been since your Dad passed? He’s still teaching, still inspiring… LEGACY.
He died February 20, 2000, 14 years.
So much history; so many memories. I was only 12 when I first heard your Father’s name and the Good News! Jesus was not a “white”; I never thought I was in any way limited but that knowledge opened me up beyond any thing I could have imagined and my Parents were devastated. I don’t think they ever thought to question the images placed before them until I walked in the kitchen with that announcement. They thought of themselves as activist, my Father the Labor Movement/Civil Rights and Mommy from a Family of Activists from South Carolina. We were changed forever, more empowered. Thank You, Rev. Cleage.
Thank you for telling me this, how he influenced your lives.
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