Carolyn A. Butts, founder African Voices wrote on Facebook this evening:
"Baba Jitu K. Weusi, founder of the National Black United Front has crossed over to the realm of the Egungun (Ancestors) today. We are thankful for the contributions he has made to the liberation of Afrikan People. He will forever be missed and loved. May Olodumare, the Orishas & Egungun be pleased with his work."
Last month in Our Time Press, Jitu wrote one of the most deeply thoughtful and wisdom-inspired pieces of writing ever published in a newspaper.
Of his illness he wrote:
"This has been a difficult ordeal, fraught with lows and lower lows. I have been faced with difficult decisions regarding treatment options. I have had to confront head-on the aftermath of brain surgery and the debilitation that follows.
"Since my arrival in the hospital I have had to daily engage in a battle, a war, against cancer. It may have temporarily taken away my ability to stand and walk to the bathroom on my own, but it has not taken away my resolve to fight. And each battle that I have faced, I have not faced alone. My family has been a constant source of support and companionship, giving me strength to face each battle head-on. I have also been blessed with home-cooked meals from my daughter-in-law Debbie Campbell and my daughter Dr. Damali Campbell that greatly aided in my food consumption and kept me strong during the chemotherapy."
Jitu, once known as Les Campbell, is a Brooklyn guy from the old neighborhood and he fought in the most notable battles of the latter twentieth century, for black empowerment and especially for the right of black boys and girls to have a decent education.
Here below is a video, uploaded a year and a half ago, of Jitu at Columbia University recalling the Columbia strike of 1968.