Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Scholar, Educator Dr. Frances Cress Welsing Dies, Chuck D Explains Inspiration


Public Enemy’s Inspiration for Fear of A Black Planet has died. Dr. Frances Cress Welsing – a revered scholar, author and “Queen Mother of Black Consciousness” – as died at the age of 80.

Welsing suffered a stroke on New Year’s Day and was previously in critical condition before passing away in Washington D.C.

Welsing’s crowning works were “Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation” (1974) and then The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors (1991), which was embraced by the Hip-Hop community during the Golden Era of rap music.

Chuck D of Public Enemy said, “RIP to the elder Dr. Frances Cress Welsing.. the inspiration behind FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET via @harryallen.”

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Below are a few videos of Dr Frances Cress Welsing. She will be missed, but her impact is everlasting.

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  • sparkchark

    god almighty we lost one of our greatest warriors, who campaigned and fought for us to love each other as well as ourselves, you will be deeply missed… i pray that her work does not get swept under the rug or that her teachings are passed up and covered.

  • TruthTalk

    Rise In Power Queen

  • KILL NEW YORK RAPPERS

    THE ISIS PAPERS,A GREAT READ…RIP DR.FRANCES

  • Mrs. Davis804

    She brilliantly wielded a wealth of knowledge in the fight against white supremacy. Rest in peace.

  • Markus

    Public Enemy was actually what made me research this powerful intellectually rich woman. The world would be such a much better place if we all followed suit. I hope others seek out her history especially other women of color for inspiration. Rest in peace. You were appreciated.

  • Isa Ibn Maryam

    A true Champion that was tireless and fearless with educating the masses in regards to combating white supremacy terrorism.