By Herb Boyd — From far and wide, comrades of Don Rojas came with passages of praise for the ailing journalist, who was defined by many as a freedom fighter. Rojas, diagnosed with bone cancer and undergoing debilitating treatment, must have felt some comfort with the outpouring of love and genuine respect from a coterie of renowned speakers last Saturday evening at the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn.
May 11, 2019, Brooklyn, NY — A special gathering to pay tribute to Don Rojas, one of the great progressives and freedom fighters of our time and to provide financial support for him and family during his courageous fight against bone cancer. Program will include an ensemble led by Ahmed Abdullah and poetry/rap by Talib Kweli and words from Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles, Rev. Herbert Daughtry, Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Mireille Fanon-Mendes France, Viola Plummer, Dr. Ben Chavis, Assemb. Charles Barron, Dan Coughlin, Dr. Brenda Greene, Dr. Todd Burroughs, Gary Byrd, Dr. Ron Daniels and others.
A Fundraising Tribute to Don Rojas with Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles as Guest Speaker, Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Dr. Ben Chavis and Several other Prominent Public Figures to Present Solidarity Greetings. The event is Saturday, May 11 from 4 to 7 pm and open to the public at House of the Lord Church, which is located at 415 Atlantic Avenue and Bond St. (Take the A train to Hoyt/Schemerhorn).
Focus: A Tribute to Don Rojas. Guests: Herb Boyd (Author, Columnist, Amsterdam News, Harlem, NY), Atty. Nkechi Taifa (Consultant, Human Rights Advocate, Washington, D.C.), Carlotta Scott (Former Legislative Assistant, Cong.Ronald V. Dellums, Washington, D.C.) and Rick Adams (Chair., Board of Directors, Institute of the Black World, Pittsburgh, PA)
Topic/Premium – Stand Up: Reparatory Justice Now. Guests – Dr. Verene Shephard (Vice-Chairperson, CARICOM Reparations Commission, Kingston, Jamaica), James Early (Consultant: Cultural Democracy and Statecraft Heritage Policy, African Diaspora,Washington, D.C.) and Don Rojas (Director of Communications, Institute of the Black World 21st Century, Baltimore, MD)
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