Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Baba Hannibal Tirus Afrik: In Memory of a Teacher and Institution Builder

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Baba Hannibal Tirus Afrik: In Memory of a Teacher and Institution Builder

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Baba Hannibal Tirus Afrik(third to the right, in the above photo), a.k.a. Harold E. Charles, M.Ed. was a retired Chicago, Illinois science teacher(biology) of 30 years(Farragut High School), and a dedicated African centered leader in independent Black institution building. He joined the ancestors July 27, 2011 at age 77.

In 1968, he led the Black Teachers Association in a successful community control movement using the Farragut Black Manifesto as a model, and in February 1972, he co-founded the Shule YA Watoto(school for children) as an independent community institution in Chicago which succeeded for 31 years through self-reliance. Among his many leadership positions for 50 years, he engaged the: Council of Independent Black Institution(CIBI); Afrikan National Rites of Passage United Kollective(ANROPUK); National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America(N'COBRA); Republic of New Africa; and since 1995, the Malcolm X College annual Kwanzaa celebration.

Baba Afrik received his B.S. degree in biology from Central State University in Wilberforce Ohio in 1955, his M.Ed in the teaching of science from Chicago Teachers College in 1962 and an advance certificate in Administration and Curriculum from the University of Chicago in 1966.

And additionally, he received certificates of achievement from Howard University in African Affairs, he did post-graduate work in inner city education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago(he also taught there for eight years), and was the recipient of over 50 awards, three national awards, including the coveted Star Award from the National Science Teachers Association in 1975.

After moving to Mississippi in 1999, in 2004, he organized the Community Youth Achievers (www.cyavillage.com) in Hermanville, Mississippi, and established the Environmental Village Campus as a prototype sustainable community on a five acre homestead designed to provide urban & rural survival training through the Outdoor Leadership Skills Project(Southern Region). …

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