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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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Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd, born 1952 in San Francisco, graduated from Balboa High School in 1970 and entered University of San Francisco and received a B.A. in 1974 in Political Science and Ethnic Studies (African American). His quest for education continued at Golden Gate university in San Francisco where he received a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) in 1976.

During his early university days he me Chinwe, a Nigerian woman who was also a student, whom he eventually married.

After being disillusioned by the racism encountered while seeking a career in corporate America, he decided to seek alternatives. In 1977 he and his Chinwe moved to Nigeria where he took a four-year appointment as a lecturer of Government at a boy’s high school in Benin City.

While in Nigeria he appeared on Nigeria Television on many occasions, wrote poetry, and in his leisure time worked on his 1982 novel The Black Expatriate in Africa.

In 1981 Larry and his wife Chinwe returned to the US. His wife subsequently developed health problems in 1984 and passed away in may 1985. Since then he has mourned his wife, worked as a community services executive in the OMI community of San Francisco (twelve years), and an elementary and secondary teacher. He is currently a high school site leader in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ukali completed Journey To The Motherland, from San Francisco To Benin City and it was published in 2002.  Between 2002 and 2004 Larry completed History To Destiny Through Afrocentric Poetry and a Master’s of Arts in Educational Administration at San Francisco State University.

Ukali has completed a DVD/CD Black Love Spoken Word and Loving Black Women a book of praise poetry for Black Women released June-06 and available for purchase at  . In 2007 Ukali produced The Second Annual African-American Spoken Word festival in the Main Branch of the San Francisco Pubic Library in San Francisco, California (2/3/07).  /

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5 Reviews by 5 Strong Black Women

Attending the Ninth National Black Writers Conference

Barack Obama Is African-American

History to Destiny Through Afrocentric Poetry 

Interview with Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd

Journey to the Motherland 

My Beautiful Wife 

Ninth National Black Writers Conference

Remembering Chinwe

Report on Leimart Park Village Book Fair

Report on Third Annual African-American Spoken Word Festival (2008)

Waiting for You  Poetry Tour   

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Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd on Facebook / Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd om YouTube

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Four Kings of Poetry Program

San Francisco Public Library Main Koret Theater

100 Larkin Street San Francisco Lower Level

Saturday April 10, 2010 2 PM to 4:30PM

For more information call 415-425-6711!!!

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 Conversations of Africa

This week’s Segment of Conversations of Africa  

Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd, Facilitator,interviewed a special guest—Ide Eguabor, CEO, National Interest Newspaper, based in Lagos, Nigeria.. This segment began at 8 pm  (Pacific Standard Time) Tuesday, 20 November 2007. They discussed Nigeria—its Press, Politics, and Culture. Mr. Eguabor visited America several times. Check Ukali’s Journey to the Motherland. The National Interest Newspaper is distributed in Nigeria’s major regions!   Conversations of Africa  Sponsors ASM Network

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Charles Chapman, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Black Books Expo, poet and  author  of two books; Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd, poet and author of Loving Black Women; Pearl JR author of Black Women Need Love Too and Arthur Joseph Graham Ph.D., author of many books. pictured in Los Angeles, CA 7/15/07 after their successful “He Said She Said” Seminar and Book Signing Event at L. A’s KRST Unity Center for African Spirituality, sponsored by The LA Black Book Expo Committee, KRST Center and Elbow Grease Productions. / /   

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There is a need for Jobs, Jobs and more Jobs!

We need  JOB Training, JOB Creation and JOB Placement programs–a Stimulus II

I advise President Obama to collect the one Trillion Dollars and any interest back as soon as possible from those recipients who owe before 1 mega bonus is given out. . . . I advise President Obama to implement Stimulus II and claim his spot in history stimulating the recovery of the US Economy and relieve the heavy economic pressure on the Obama supporters in many cases who are the most in need of a hand up in this time of suffering by the lower levels of American Society. Nation building like charity begins locally—at home. Stimulus ll could help turn things around and be the difference in second term prospects and winning in 2010 by mobilizing the base! Momentum for Stimulus ll could also receive a boost and be the next priority or second step to winning the health care overhaul legislation with a robust public option! If not $400 Billion or $1 trillion President Obama then propose some significant figure and go to work on it!— Larry Johnson-Redd

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Ukali on YouTube

Ukali Flowing at the Second Annual African-American Spoken Word

Loving Black Women, Part 1 / Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd Live In Nigeria 2005

Larry Ukali Johnson Redd on Lovin Black Woman

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Oscar Grant Station

                     By Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd


It started

In Pittsburgh at 5:30 a m

Oh smack

 its pitch black


Headed toward


Moving Straight

And Forward


Yes it is a

BART ride

As the trains

Roll and glide


This is

 not a rant

Thinking of

Oscar Grant


Assassinated facedown

While the brother

 Laid facedown

 on the ground


By Officer Merserle

A BART policeman

Cold blooded murder



Transfer at MacArthur

Before I go further

To my hometown

San Francisco get down


Oh hell its Fruitvale,

Merserle out of jail

No liberation at

Oscar Grant Station


This is reality

This is not a rant

But a memory

Of the late Oscar Grant


Then I see


My beautiful sisters

Chocolate land


It is still dark

But the light

my friend

Is coming in


And the Hy fi east

And the south of Oakland

To see Bayfair Station

San Leandro Land


Next we see Hayward

Day light is now insight

The end of my BART ride

And the beginning of sunlight.

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama’s political success and Oprah Winfrey’s financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today… than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice—Publishers Weekly

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Panther Baby

A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention

By Jamal Joseph

In the 1960s he exhorted students at Columbia University to burn their college to the ground. Today he’s chair of their School of the Arts film division. Jamal Joseph’s personal odyssey—from the streets of Harlem to Riker’s Island and Leavenworth to the halls of Columbia—is as gripping as it is inspiring. Eddie Joseph was a high school honor student, slated to graduate early and begin college. But this was the late 1960s in Bronx’s black ghetto, and fifteen-year-old Eddie was introduced to the tenets of the Black Panther Party, which was just gaining a national foothold. By sixteen, his devotion to the cause landed him in prison on the infamous Rikers Island—charged with conspiracy as one of the Panther 21 in one of the most emblematic criminal cases of the sixties. When exonerated, Eddie—now called Jamal—became the youngest spokesperson and leader of the Panthers’ New York chapter. He joined the “revolutionary underground,” later landing back in prison.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

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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