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December 2023

Dr. Charles Simmons talks Pan Africanism, Community, and Black lens on World Affairs

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Dr. Charles Simmons graces ‘Detroit is Different’ with Khary Frazier, unveiling a life steeped in honor, community, and a relentless pursuit of truth. Through his odyssey, Simmons found solace and purpose within the embrace of the King Solomon Baptist Church community, a sanctuary that resonated amidst his global sojourns. His worldview expanded exponentially during his tenure in the Air Force, delving into pan-Africanism as he forged connections with Ethiopian comrades and Congolese brethren. These encounters unfurled a profound understanding of America’s intricate involvement in the colonization of Black communities worldwide, shaping Simmons’ advocacy for justice and equity.

His narrative unravels further at Wayne State University Law School, where the legendary Ken Cockrel Sr. became a guiding light, igniting the spark that birthed Uhuru alongside luminaries like General Baker. Through the corridors of education, Simmons’ journey intertwined with Dr. Sandra Simmons, a cherished soul whose wisdom and compassion illuminated their path. Their joint tenure at EMU birthed not just knowledge but a beacon of hope—the Hush House—expanding from a humble space to a transformative community bastion, echoing their commitment to upliftment and enlightenment. In Dr. Charles Simmons’ saga, we encounter a tapestry woven with resilience, enlightenment, and an unyielding dedication to nurturing communities toward a brighter, more equitable future.

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