BABA OBI EGBUNA, JR

Obi Egbuna, Jr., was born in London, England, on October 8, 1969, and raised in Washington, DC. He received a degree in Political Science from the University of the District of Columbia in 1992.

Egbuna is a founding member of the Pan-African Liberation Organization (PALO), established in Washington, D.C., from 1990-2007. He is also the technical advisor for the Pan-African Student Youth Movement (PASYM) at Bowie State University and was the technical advisor to Cease Fire Don’t Smoke the Brothers, Inc., in Washington, DC. For the more than 15 years Obi has dedicated his life to organizing in communities throughout the world.

In addition to organizing and speaking engagements, Egbuna has published articles in the Final Call, the Chicago Standard, Rastafarian Today, the Hilltop at Howard University and the Spectrum at Bowie State University. Egbuna is the first U.S. Correspondent to The Herald, Zimbabwe’s national newspaper, and the first US correspondent in the country’s 32 years as an independent nation.

Egbuna has taught African History at Roots PCS since 1990 and has also taught at Ujamaa Shule and Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County. He is the current African History teacher for the Sankofa Homeschool Collective. In addition, Egbuna holds a community African History Class on Saturdays at 3pm inside of St. Stephen’s Church in NW DC.

In 2010, Egbuna became a historical theatre playwright for children with the writing and production of African Liberation Day for Our Children, which was performed at Roots Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., in May of 2011, George Wallace Community College in Selma, Alabama, and Tuskegee University in July of 2011.  In addition, he wrote Cuba’s Greatest Army, which was performed at Roots Public Charter School in February 2012 and the Embassy of Venezuela in April of 2012.

Highlights of Egbuna’s organizing include:

  • Mr. Egbuna is the first US-based activist in the African community to be recruited to the Zimbabwe-Cuba Friendship Association based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

  • Mr. Egbuna is a founding member of the Pan African Collective for Advocacy and Action (2013).

  • He has also organized chapters of the Pan African Student Youth Movement in St. Louis, Missouri, Seattle Washington, Charlottesville Virginia and Chicago, Illinois.

  • Developed a partnership with the National Union of Eritrean Students in 2000 aiming to establish a patriotic united front with Eritrean and Ethiopian Youth both in the Diaspora and on the continent.

  • Worked under the coordination of Kwame Ture in 1993, during his tenure as Head Advisor of the Democratic Party of Guinea, to build a support system for the PDG amongst Guineans in exile.

  • Worked with US-based representatives of the Somali National Alliance in 1993 for the purpose of building a support system aimed at exposing US/Western interests in Somalia.

  • Worked to organize the local Washington community to increase its efforts to change US policy in the eastern region of Africa.

  • Worked on the Worldwide African Anti-Zionist Front established in Tripoli, Libya in 1990 to strengthen the bond between Africans and Palestinians and expose Israel’s Africa Policy.

  • Worked on the National Youth Organizing Committee of the 1st Million Man March, specifically the Day Of Absence, the Day Of Action Campaign, and the Pan African and International Component.

In addition to organizing, Egbuna has been asked to speak around the world. His speaking engagements include high schools and colleges, as well as prisons. In 1991, Egbuna addressed the Black Caucus on the status of students and youth leadership, and again in 1993 on the role of harassment of elected officials in grassroots movements.

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