OUR Honorable BaBa has since made HIS transition....but HIS Wisdom lives within US in eternity. (Rest well with the Ancestors....Great WARRIOR)

Imari Abubakari Obadele I (May 2, 1930—
January 18, 2010) made his transition still
on the battlefield to free the land, liberate the
people and to unite the masses into a selfconscious social force to achieve these and
other related goals. May we learn the lessons
of his life and work; be informed and uplifted
by the spirit of possibility he demonstrated
even in older age and illness, embrace the
model of excellence and achievement that
endeared him to us; and continuously practice
the morality of remembrance that honors him
and makes all these other practices possible
and compelling. Surely, as the Husia says of
the good, the great and the rightfully
respected, “He shall be counted among the
ancestors. His name shall endure as a
monument and what he has done on earth shall
never perish or pass away.”
Dr. Imari Obadele played a major role in
many of the movements of our times: Civil
Rights, Black Power, Pan-Africanism,
Reparations and the Million Man March/Day
of Absence, and our paths and projects
intersected often. He was one by whose name
you could really know him; for, in an African
sense, his whole name reflected who he was,
aspired to and strove to be each day. He had a
special patience and an admirable inner
strength and resoluteness, as his name Imari
(Imara) in Swahili informs us. He was a
visionary who looked beyond the now and
imagined a new way and world, like his
namesake, Abubakari II of Mali, who reached
for the unrealized and set sail for a new and
yet-to-be-encountered world. And he was “a
royal one who returned home,” as his Yoruba
last name, Obadele, indicates. It was a defiant
return home to his Africanness, and an
expansive sense of self this cultivates.
He was a soldier-in-the-making, even at
an early age, bringing himself into being in the
nurturing shadow and shared activities of his
older brothers, Attorney Milton Henry (Gaidi
Abiodun Obadele) and Laurence Harvey in
Philadelphia. As early as 1948, the FBI began
monitoring their activities for encouraging
draft resistance, resisting our fighting in an
army that segregated and treated Blacks
unequally and unjustly. An avid student and
advocate of the teachings of Min. Malcolm,
Imari recounts that Min. Malcolm’s “Message
to the Grassroots” lecture had a profound
effect on him; especially Malcolm’s linking
revolution, independence, freedom, justice and
equality to the struggle for land.
Taking Malcolm seriously, Imari and
Gaidi seized the initiative and called the
founding conference of the Republic of New
Africa (RNA) in 1968. The 500 plus delegates
reaffirmed the right of self-determination,
issued a Declaration of Independence, and
made a commitment “to build a new society
better than what we now know and as perfect
as man (and woman) can make it.” They also
raised the battle-cry of “free the land,” calling
for the U.S. government to cede Mississippi,
Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and South
Carolina as the ground on which to build the
RNA and for Africans to be prepared to fight
to win and keep it.
“Free the land” became Imari’s core
commitment and battle cry, the centerpiece of
his conversations and concerns and the way he
greeted coming and going. In addition, the
RNA demanded billions in reparations as just
compensation for the gross and grievous
injury to Black people from enslavement and
oppression and for their development and
repair and the building of the Nation. And this
became Imari’s second signature focus and
concern in the struggle to liberate the people.
Working to build a base for the RNA in a
liberated zone in the South, Imari moved to
Mississippi where an armed confrontation
between the RNA and the FBI and local police ......