Chief Elder Osiris : TO The Official Of BBC LONDON:

Chief Elder Osiris

Well-Known Member
Jan 3, 2002
TO The Official Of BBC LONDON:


When I hear of there being attacks on The Honorable Marcus Garvey Legacy and the Man Himself, and such an attack come from elitist White Dominated Controlled Institutions, in this case a Media institution, the first thing that come to my Mind is the question, what is the reason that Motivate such an Action and in this case, the action is to demean the Greatest Black Revolutionary of all Centuries since the Continent of Afrika and Her People went into becoming the invisible people in this evil World, caused,, contrived and implemented by White, Arab, and Jewish Racist Practitioners of Unjustified Prejudice against the Black World, and I do need to make it crystal Clear, your Programming, which attempted to demean The Honorable Marcus Garvey, has no value to the promotion of Racial dignity for all that constitute this World, and I do Mean attempt, because there is no one walking this Planet Today that is Humanly Qualified to do such a Thing and it does take the Evil Human Beings to attempt to do such an action such as BBC has attempted to do, regarding The Honorable Marcus Garvey.

I must inform you, that program was an attack upon the Black World, because The Honorable Marcus Garvey Was and Is A World Black Leader of an Oppressed Black People, that have, since our acquaintance with your Kind, only received such Racist tactics, using Lies and Acts of deception against the Black World, in order to sustain your Claim of being Superior over Black People.

No. No, I will not be silent when I know what your intent was and is, for airing such Lies about our Divine Black Leader, The Honorable Marcus Garvey, so any further effort your Racist institution attempt to further Stratify Black People and lay the Egg of Lies and Deception that will give birth which will cause Black People to Look Upon The Honorable Marcus Garvey through BBC Racist Eyes, I detest your Motive and action.

Therefore I demand Equal Time to Come to London or how ever you so desire to set it up for me to articulate the Honorable Acts of the Honorable Marcus Garvey, The Man that Raised The Black World From The Dead in the 20Th Century of black Oppression, conducted by Racist and Unjustified Prejudice White Institutions, such as BBC.

I Humbly Await For Your Reply.


Osiris Akkebala
Chief Elder-USA
Spiritual Leader Of The First Way Institution Of Black ( Afrikan ) Mysticism

The National Chairman Of The Sankofa Repatriation/Reparation Movement
Pan- Afrikan Inter'National Movement

Charles Horton <> wrote:

Note: forwarded message attached.

Charles L. Horton, jr.
From: "Colin Pryce" <>
Subject: BBC London Renew Attack On Garvey's Legacy
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 08:15:51 +0000

On Sunday 13 January 2008, BBC London renewed their attack on the life and legacy of Marcus Mosiah Garvey with an hour of broadcasting devoted to Dotun Adebayo's interview of fellow BBC employee, Colin Grant, the author of a new biography on Garvey bizarrely entitled "The Negro in a Hat".

You can access a recording of the programme until 20 January 2008, by going to the BBC London website at:

The Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement have filed a complaint with the BBC regarding the broadcast (see below). Anyone else who wishes to do so should also send a copy to: as well as BBC London.


Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 17:11:02 +0000
Subject: Gross misrepresentation of Marcus Garvey, BBC London 13th January 2008

I am writing to complain in the strongest terms about the main item between 8pm and 9pm with guest Mr. Colin Grant featuring his forthcoming book: ‘N___ With a Hat.’

It is unfortunate that the BBC’s flagship programme aimed at the Afrikan (aka African/Afro-Caribbean/Black, etc.) community could feature a book with such an insulting title and an author who so profoundly misunderstands and misrepresents the object of his study.

Firstly, to reduce the progenitor of the largest Afrikan mass movement in history who also provided the theoretical thrust for the Pan-Afrikan, anti-colonial, independence, civil rights and Black Power, etc. movements to a N___ With a Hat is an offence that would not tolerated by any other community. For example, would the Pakistani community consider a book entitled Paki In A Suit, about Muhammad Ali Jinnah "appropriate" or "intriuguing"? The fact that the overwhelming majority of the callers objected to the title should speak volumes.
Assuming that the author is a historian, he ought to be aware of the allusions to the minstrel character ‘Zip Coon’ as ‘delineated’ by white American ‘performer’ George Washington Dixon in mid 19th century USA. ‘Zip Coon’ was a caricature of an Afrikan who desperately tried to affect ‘civilised’ white mores and values but simply magnified his own bufoonery in the process. The implication being that even though the Afrikan could adorn the raiments of southern gentility, he would never quite be a man. Grant’s own anecdote about the photographs of the (white) ‘man’ and the ‘n___’ with a hat merely confirms his own genuflection to racist ideologies.

But this is merely the beginning. When questioned about what new perspectives he brought to the understanding of Marcus Garvey he could offer nothing, save his own warped interpretations that fly in the face of most accepted (and ostensibly better researched) accounts of the Garvey Legacy:
He dismisses the work of Prof. Tony Martin the world’s leading Garvey scholar and author/editor of almost a dozen books on the subject as "tendentious"
Asserted that Garvey would have been opposed to Afrikan schools for Afrikan children
Suggested that Garvey would have delighted in the current high levels exogamous relationships (or "miscegenation" as it was referred to in Garvey’s day)
All of this flies in the face of even a cursory reading of the life and works of Marcus Garvey (or indeed his "philosophies and opinions") and begs the question what exactly was the purpose of the feature other than to highlight the peculiar musings of a BBC alumni?

If the intention was really to emphasise the relevance of Marcus Garvey for young Afrikans, then why did the BBC not invite the aforementioned Prof. Martin onto the show on either of the two occasions that he was in the UK last year. Initially in April to launch his new book on Marcus Garvey’s first wife Amy Ashwood and again in August as part of the annual "Mosiah" celebrations organised by the Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement where activists from across the country gathered in London to celebrate Garvey’s work and impact. Surely, if the objective was to discern the current relevance of Garvey why not include those who work in the Afrikan community in London who are striving to do just that in the programme? The reality is that not only did the Sunday Night Special neglect to do this last year, it has never done it through all the years these observances have occurred in spite of being notified.

In sum Mr Grant has rendered the gravest disservice to the Garvey legacy. Moreover, his fanciful notions would have given the listener no insight of how Marcus Garvey could ever be relevant to young Afrikans, due to his characterisation of this great man as little more than an integrationist caricature.

Our challenge to you if are serious about examining the continuing legacy of the Eminent Prophet Marcus Mosiah Garvey is to extend an invitation to those who continue to be inspired by his legacy and transmit this to our young people in exciting and engaging ways.
For this purpose we would heartily recommend Prof. Martin but if he proves unavailable then Bro. Ldr. Mbandaka, Spiritual Leader of the Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement.

Bro. Olatunji Heru
Chief Officer Politics Department
Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement


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