Shit, that’s a good question.
If I had to pick just one I’d have to say:
Professor Bayyinah Bello!
Scholars and teachers have different areas of expertise and analysis, so it’s hard for me to pick the top; but Prof Bello is the best answer if I absolutely had to pick my top.
I wanna give a shout out to some other teachers, scholars, and educators out here making positive contributions to the just aspirations of African/Black people, and the rest of humanity.
Now, I’m not going by the standards of Western Formal Education, and I’m not saying that I agree with every thing every person on this list has to say about everything; but they are all scholars, teachers, and educators that have greatly educated me, and I think others should read, listen to, and engage them. Also, they are in no particular order; since Pro. Bello is the only one I’ve “rated.”
- Keidi Obi Awadu (aka The Conscious Rasta)
- Mwalimu Baruti
- Michelle Alexander
- Chinweizu Ibekwe
- Dr. Marimba Ani
- Dr. Matulu Shakur
- Dr. Claud Anderson
- Timothy Taylor (Wise Intelligent)
- Glen Ford
- Lisa Davis
I’m been keeping my lists to 10 or less, I think that’s a good number to digest out of the gate. We need to acknowledge and support our African/Black scholars, teachers, or educators…., and artist, and organizers, etc. Keep questioning, researching, and growing.