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As people of African descent, paying homage to our ancestors as well as honoring and respecting our elders is an important part of our cultural heritage and traditions. This page was designed to pay homage to our elders and ancestors who were determined to create businesses and spaces to write and publish works about our culture, heritage, traditions and provide solutions to the problems impacting our people.

We start by paying homage to our ancient African ancestors in Kemet (Eygpt) who wrote on pyramid and temple walls to help guide us culturally, spiritually, morally, and intellectually.


In the United States and throughtout the Diaspora, our ancestors and elders created businesses and spaces to write and produce great works to help guide our people. We salute the following ancestors and elders:


  • Yosef Ben-Jochannan "Dr. Ben"

  • Carter G. Woodson

  • Haki Madahbuti, Third World Press

  • Jawanzaa Kunjfu, African American Images

  • Paul Coates, Black Classic Press

  • Naim Akbar, Mind Concepts

  • University of Sankore Press Women Founders

  • Kassahun Checole, African World Press and The Red Sea Press


Without these ancestors and elders and many others, it would not be possible for us to start Kujichagulia Press, LLC. They inspire us to define, speak and create for ourselves and use our Kuumba for the benefit of our people. This list is not exhaustive, but we pay homage to all the ancestors and elders who have paved the way for us.


Asante Sana (Thank you very much!)

Baba Sekou, Monkoum Tchie    and Sekou Afrika

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