Joseph Ward and Baba Olusegun Williams have a discussion about Kujichagulia Mentality and, the importance of African oral traditions.
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Baba Olusegun IG: @baba_olusegun
Educator, Folklorist, Historian, Musician and Storyteller.
Baba Olusegun Samuel G. Williams grew up in Atlanta. He is a 1968 graduate of Morehouse College, where his father was chair of the Department of Philosophy & Religion and was a teacher/mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Olusegun was one 12 African American men who became commissioned officers in the US Coast Guard in 1969, thus increasing the number of black commissioned officers in the Coast Guard from two to twelve. Before receiving his commission, he was part of the military honor guard on the platform at Richard Nixon’s first term inauguration in January 1969. His last official duty before leaving the Coast Guard in 1971 was to be the military escort to Cherie Creque, the first black woman to reach the semi-finals in a Miss Universe Pageant. He is also a founding member of the M Ensemble Co., Inc. in Miami. It is Florida’s oldest continuously operating theater company, celebrating 50 years of operations in 2021.
Since moving to Tallahassee in 1987, Olusegun has been an integral part of Tallahassee’s cultural community in the area of African drumming & dance, and theater. He has been affiliated with FAMU’s Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theater and the Essential Theater as well as the African Caribbean Dance Theater. He was the organizer of Phoenix Uprising Reggae Band, one of Tallahassee’s most popular bands during the 1990’s. Bob Marley’s mother, Cedella Booker, invited the band to be a part of the 1994 Bob Marley Festival Tour.
Other areas of interest to Olusegun include African Religions, Astronomy/Astrophysics, Aviation, Bicycle Racing, Camping, Egyptology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Photography, and Sailing.
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