“Babylon Be Still: How a Journalist-Educator Adopted an African-Centered Worldview”

Between 2015 and 2020, D.C.-based journalist and educator Sam P.K. Collins (known to many as Ras Plo Kwia Glebluwuo) hosted “The AllEyesOnDC Show” at We Act Radio in Anacostia, and later at Sankofa Video Books & Cafe near Howard University. This community program, often recorded or livestreamed before a live audience, represented Collins’ growing Pan-African consciousness and desire to use journalism as a means of organizing people of African descent around issues of great importance.

In “Babylon Be Still,” Collins compiles previously written works and chronicles his social and political self-development. The journey starts at Collins’ graduation from a predominately white university and throughout his time in the journalism industry and teaching profession. Along the way, readers get a sense of the experiences that shaped Collins’ worldview and inspired him to espouse Pan-African Nationalism in all of its manifestations. They also gain an understanding of why African people — ethnicity and socioeconomic standing notwithstanding — must organize and practice self-determination in these times.

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