Thursday, October 11, 2007

Dr. Richard King

It's so amazing when you think of someone, and then they appear. Dominique DiPrima had Dr. Richard King as a guest on her radio show this morning (her talk show is entitled Front Page - on KJLH Radio, here in Los Angeles, CA - 4:30am - 6:00am - M-F). The remarkable thing is, he was our Professor at SFSU, back in the day (Dominique and I were students in the same class - Blacks in Scientific Development) and we learned so much from Dr. King. He made us memorize a book called Stolen Legacy, written by Dr. George G.M. James., which discusses in full the fact that Greek Philosophy was stolen from Egyptian Philosophy. The entire class was seriously thought provoking. After we memorized the book, he then explained in detail, the relevance of what it was that we were learning. How it relates to us today. Dr. King has written several books - Melanin: A Key to Freedom, and African Origin of Biological Psychiatry. The connection between my thoughts and what has transpired is, recently, Dr. Asa Hilliard III died in Egypt. I learned about Dr. Hilliard through Dr. Richard King. If I hadn't taken the class at SFSU, and Dr. King mentioning the fact that he was on his way to a Melanin Conference in Cairo, Egypt (KEMET), things would not have unwound the way that they have in my life. I called in and talked to him and Dominique briefly this morning, on the radio show, and it made me so happy to know that he is well. I have not seen or heard from him in over 15 years. Listening to him reflect on what kind of man Dr. Asa Hilliard was, made my heart glad. As a direct result of taking the Blacks in Scientific Development course, the following year, my Mother, sister and I studied in Cairo, Egypt with Dr. Asa Hilliard III. We became certified Ancient African Historians.
In a sense, Dr. King, altered my fate - in a good way. He taught us the importance of knowing thy self. That knowledge/ information is very helpful to me on a daily basis, even down to this day.

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