Posted by: beninmwangi | October 1, 2007

Nana Kwodo Amoa I (August 5, 1947-September 29, 2007)


 


Nana Kwodo Amoa I, originally uploaded by beninmwangi.

 

Dr. Charles S. Brown

Dr. Charles S. Brown grew up at a pivotal time for Black America. As a young student at Morehouse College he was able to witness and be a part of America’s civil rights movement. After reading books written by Dr. W.E.B. Dubois and Kwame Nkrumah Dr. Brown began to become exposed to a wider perspective. Afterwards, he gradually gained an appreciation for African history. Over time this appreciation would continue to grow and less than ten years after obtaining his PhD in physics he began to research ancient African civilizations. His study was so intense that over a three year time span, he became an authority on the subject.

For Dr. Brown, learning about ancient African civilizations meant more than just being able to quote a few abstract facts, he believed that if he could help African American youth become aware of their true heritage it would be easier for them to dream big. Integrating scientific finds on these ancient civilizations into mathematics or physics curricula for his university classes would later become one of Dr. Brown’s most recognizable hallmarks.

But the event that would later shape his outlook on modern Africa continent took place when he attended the First Edward Bouchet International Conference on Physics and Technology on June 11, 1988 in Trieste, Italy. The Edward Bouchet Institute is today called the Edward Bouchet Abdus Salaam Institute. One of its aims is to foster scientific and technical collaborations between African and American scientists and engineers. Prof Charles S .Brown’s first trip to the African continent occurred in 1990 when he attended the second Edward Bouchet Institute Conference in Ghana. It is through the Edward Bouchet Institute that Professor Brown met the internationally renowned Professor Francis K. Allotey. In the fall of 1991, Prof. F. K. A. Allotey of Ghana visited with Prof. Charles S. Brown, who at that time was the Chairman of the Physics Department at Clark Atlanta University (CAU). The collaboration between Prof. Allotey, Prof. A. E. Bak, and Prof. C. S. Brown resulted in two published papers.

Prof. Allotey, four years later arranged the visit of Prof. Charles S. Brown to Cape Coast, Ghana, where he worked as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar (December 1995 – May 1996) and an ICTP Visiting Scholar (June 1996 – December 1996). Prof. Brown helped to develop the University’s graduate curriculum, served as a research advisor for a physics doctoral candidate, and collaborated on a research paper with Prof. S. Y. Mensah, Chairman of the Physics Department and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University. The work that Prof. Brown did in Ghana did not go unnoticed; in fact it was instrumental in his enstoolment as a traditional ruler in the Assin Manso district of Ghana.

To elders and other traditional rulers in this district Prof. Brown was known as Nana Kwodo Amoah I. It is a role that he took very seriously, even until his passing.

I love you Dad. I know you are in a better place.

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Responses

  1. My sympathies Benin. Be strong.

  2. My condolences my brother. From our interaction, I see where you get your passion for the continent from. I’m sure he’s proud of your accomplishments thus far.

  3. My sincere condolences goes to you and your family on the loss of your beloved dad.

    May the good Lord comfort, strengthen and keep you encouraged during this time of grief.

  4. Benin, my sincere and heartfelt condolences pours out to you and your family at this time of need. May the lord see you through.
    Your passion and love for Africa has inspired many including me I am glad that I “met” you.
    God bless.

  5. Pole sana. My sincere condolences, pole sana.

  6. Benin, I have already conveyed my personal condolences and sympathies to you and your family and like Imankoya has advised, be strong and keep your head up as your father would want you to do that for the rest of the family.

    I think that it is great that you have decided to share with us the story of your Dad. He is an interesting and accomplished academic, and an impressive-looking man in this photo.

  7. Benin,
    To your dad and my Uncle Charles. Thank you for everything.

  8. Benin,
    What a great tribute to your dad. I stumbled upon this when doing a google search of Charles. All of you were such wonderful children during Charles’ illness. Charles was so proud. I always felt Charles was too hard on you and the other kids and told him several times. My mom told me not to interfere that Charles only wanted you to become a man. When Charles moved from his house and you helped, he pulled me aside and said “Benin has finally become a man.”

    I grieved also when your dad passed away and felt it wasn’t fair. The Lord gave me a message when I awoke and stepped out of the bed the next morning. He said, “Heaven was rejoicing.” Remember this always. Your dad will spend eternity with the Lord. As we grieve on this side, Heaven threw a coming homecoming party for Dr. Charles Brown. On September 29, 2007, Charles met the king of kings and the Lord of Lords. Your mom,

    Mama Benin


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