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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8 Responses to “Scholar, Educator Dr. Frances Cress Welsing Dies, Chuck D Explains Inspiration”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Isa Ibn Maryam

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

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