|Dr. Ben Wants to Hear from You
Historian and tour guide Dr. Yosef A. A. Ben-Jochannan is open to receiving your cards and visits. Reach Dr. Ben, as he is known by many, at:
Bay Park Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation
801 Co-op City Blvd. Bronx, NY 10475
Visiting hours are from 11a to 9p.
Dr. Ben was born December 31, 1918, to a Puerto Rican mother and an Ethiopian father in what is known as the Falasha Hebrew community in Gondar, Ethiopia. Dr. Ben's formal education began in Puerto Rico. His early education continued in The Virgin Islands and Brazil. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico and a Master's degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Havana (Cuba). He received doctoral degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Moorish History from the University of Havana and the University of Barcelona (Spain). He is responsible for enlightening thousands of people on the greatness of Africa’s Black heritage, Egypt in particular, through tours, books and lectures.
Phote: Doc Ben (circa 1990).
By Peter H. Michael
Do you know a person or organization doing exemplary work regarding the Underground Railroad? If so, consider submitting a nomination to have the work recognized.
The Underground Railroad Free Press (URFP) awards the annual Free Press Prizes for Leadership, Preservation and the Advancement of Knowledge for contemporary Underground Railroad work, the highest honors bestowed in the international Underground Railroad community. As the Underground Railroad was an international effort, the URFP encourages nominations for the prizes from the United States, Canada and any other countries that had Underground Railroad involvement.
The Free Press Prize Panel of Judges review the nominations and select the winners. The judges are an international group of Underground Railroad experts and includes scholars, authors and journalists. The URFP announces the winners of the 2009 prizes in the September 15 issue of Underground Railroad Free Press and is reported in Snippets.
Click here for a list of the previous years’ winners, and for nominating instructions and forms. The deadline for submitting 2009 nominations is Monday, June 1.