La Soul Renaissance would like to salute Civil Rights Icon and Good Brother Jibreel Khazan (born Ezell Alexander Blair, Jr.; October 18, 1941). The Good Brother Jibreel is a civil rights activist who is best known as a member of the Greensboro Four; a group of African American college students who, 55 years ago on February 1, 1960, sat down at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina challenging the store’s policy of denying service to non-white customers. They refused to leave when denied service and stayed until the store closed.The protests, and the subsequent events were major milestone in the African-American Civil Rights Movement
On Feburary 11, 2012 La Soul Renaissance organized a Jibreel Khazan & Frederick Douglass celebration in New Bedford at the National Park. The special La Soul Renaissance show featured musical and poetic performances by Cape Verdean Roots Reggae band Afrika Rainbow, Caliph (Senegalese American Hip Hop Artist), Spoken Word Poet Erik Andrade, singer & song writer Mike Wyche, Dj Reza Wreckage, and spoken word poet Raena Camacho.
Additionally, Erik Andrade of La Soul Renaissance dedicated his performance at the Connecting for Change Conference, in New Bedford MA to Dr. Jibreel Khazan.
Dr. Jibreel Khazan is a brilliant and humble soul whom has blessed not only the world via his courageous direct action and civil disobedience 55 years ago today but in his day to day interactions with everyone his path crosses. Thank you Dr. Jibreel Khazan for all you have contributed to make the world a better place for all. Happy 55th Anniversary!
Dr. Jibreel Khazan was also a keynote speaker at La Soul Renaissance’s Tearing Down the Walls along with Gloria Clarke, Ernesto “Eroc” Arroyo, Camille Viveros, and Ross Grace in 2004. The conference was designed to connect progressive people from all backgrounds and generations.
Good Brother Jibreel Khazan, May your peace, prosperity, and love continue guide and protect you and may you continue to be a blessing to all.