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Today is the birthday of John Coltrane. Born John William "Trane" Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. We'll be featuring music composed and performed by Coltrane, his late wife Alice Coltrane and son, Ravi Coltrane from Alice Coltrane's "Translinear Light" and John Coltrane's "Ballads" with the JC Quartet and perhaps a selection from his last live recording at the Olatunji Cultural Center April 1967. Also today we look at the life of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, whose birthday, Monday, Sept. 21, would have been his 100th. He was the first president of a free African nation, who dedicated his life to his people--a Pan African nation. That his noble life was concluded in exile, reminds me of that of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey and for that matter Richard Wright. His was a vision of a United States of Africa. We'll play excerpts of his speech to the UN Sept. 23, 1960 and I'll share an introduction to the UN address, written by his good friend, W.E.B. Dubois who lived out the later portion of his life in Ghana. I also have another couple of jewels by the very prolific writer and scholar, Dr. Nkrumah. We are joined in the studio by Ghanaian native sons and daughters, musicians, choreographer and singer: Kwama Thompson, Nii Armah, and Pope Flynn to talk about their patriot and world leader who passed April 27, 1972. The Nkrumah excerpts are taken from http://www.nkrumah.net/un-1960/index-nkun-1960.htm We also want to remember the life of writer/scholar Elsie Washington, whose life will be celebrated this Sunday, Sept. 27, in Oakland. She was the first author of a romance novel with black characters. I remember when my husband brought home a copy to surprise me. I recall thoroughly enjoying it. Never would I have imagined meeting the author, let alone calling her friend. She was a lovely women and we miss her tremendously.

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