ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



 Over the years I have known Ukali, he has been a consistent advocate for justice and equality for African people

everywhere. In this book, History to Destiny Through Afrocentric Poetry, Ukali chronicles his lifetime experiences

in America and Africa, and pays homage to our ancestors Langston Hughes, Marcus Garvey,

Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, and many others.



Books by Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd

My Deepest Affections Are Yours / Journey to the Motherland  / History To Destiny Through Afrocentric Poetry / Loving Black Women

History to Destiny Through Afrocentric Poetry

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History to Destiny Through Afrocentric Poetry


 By Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd




The words in this book made my heart sing. This is because this book gives much needed information on the African experience and what we have lost over the years. Ukali’s respect for the Black woman of African descent pays homage to those who have endured so very much. It is apparaent that this man was raised by a loving set of parents. I feel that History to Destiny through Afrocentric Poetry should be in every classroom, not only for children of the diaspora but for others as well. The d-boys standing on the corners of the Black communities would benefit greatly from the words that this brother has penned in such an eloquent fashion. I recommend this book to all who read and to be read to all those who cannot.–Cati  A. Hawkins-Okorie, Social Activist


In my reading of History to Destiny Through Afrocentric Poetry I found these poems that radiated with the spirit, and echo the voice and cry of our elders and ancestors, expressed as a conscious priority for Africans in America to unite with Africans in the Diaspora.–Nashid Ahmad, Grassroots Activist and Spiritual Metaphysicist


The three decade-plus of poetry presented in this book by brother Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd speaks to the African mind, and challenges readers to consider a protracted dedication to love and human development.--Itabari M. Zulu, Th.D., President, African American Library and Information Science Association


Over the years I have known Ukali, he has been a consistent advocate for justice and equality for African people everywhere. In this book, History to Destiny Through Afrocentric Poetry, Ukali chronicles his lifetime experiences in America and Africa, and pays homage to our ancestors Langston Hughes, Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, and many others.

Ukali speaks of solidarity with African people throughout the Diaspora from Lagos to Granada and all points in between. He reflects on our lives, loves, and struggles against racism, oppression and brutality. But most importantly, he has eloquently captured in these pages the righteousness and victory of our struggle as an oppressed people in this the fifth century since enslavement.

In the tradition of a true griot, Ukali passes on the ancient practice of putting us in touch with these other, our roots, our blackness, and our birthright so we can renew our commitment to ourselves, and our people. . . . I am sure after reading this book you will discover a man whose love of our people will undoubtedly serve to awaken the sleeping giant in us all.–Donald Lacy, Love Life, Don’t Take Life


In Ukali and his African writings, we have racial sensitivity, commitment, and endurance. He’s a true soul brother who knows intimately what is happening in the black world, from San Quentin to Benin and the negative impact that the white world has on that black life he loves without hesitation. His commitment to black liberation and his willingness to put all that he has to discovery the ins and outs of the black Atlantic is an amazing life achievement. Thirty years of raising one’s own consciousness and those in one’s community is no small feat.

I congratulate him a thousand times for the creative energy and insight that his two books represent. If you want to know what it requires to go to Africa and live there for a couple of years as a teacher on your own wits and your own resources — up against the odds, then Journey to the Motherland is a book for you. His are two of the few books I have read this year.

Ukali’s political poems should be read for understanding of the racial political world we endure. As for myself I prefer Ukali when he is feeling alone and there is nothing but the emptiness of the universe remaining, and he gets real personal, like “Waiting for You.”

Then there is the poem for the lady who was at the center of Ukali’s world “My Beautiful Wife.” But there are other poems like “I Don’t Like All I See” with the lines “Too much poverty/Too much misery/Too much brutality/I don’t like all I see” or the line of “Don’t Sing the Blues for Me” — “I can sing the blues for myself.” 

There is nothing soft about this brother, he’s still on his toes. This is our time. Ukali is out front.–Rudy Lewis, Editor of ChickenBones: A Journal


History to Destiny Through Afrocentric Poetry by Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd, published by Amen-Ra Theological seminary Press / 10920 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 150-9132 / Los Angeles, CA 90024-6502

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Mockingbirds at Jerusalem (poetry Manuscript)

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as “the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field ‘cut their teeth’.”

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The White Masters of the World

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By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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update 15 December 2011




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