Puttin’ in Work
Professor James Small was born in 1945, on Arcadia plantation, located on the banks of the Waccamaw River. This Lowland rice plantation is located where the Waccamaw, Peedee, and Black Rivers converge to meet the Atlantic Ocean, on the shores of historic Georgetown, South Carolina.
Professor Small then graduated from the all Black Howard High School in Georgetown, South Carolina in 1964. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years during the Vietnam era. After his military service, he moved to New York City and joined the Organization of Afro-American Unity founded by the Malcolm X. In 1967, Prof. Small became Imam (minister) of the Muslim Mosque Incorporated, also founded by Malcolm X. In 1975 Prof. Small traveled to the Holy City of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to make his holy pilgrimage, the Hajjah.
He served also as the President of A.S.C.A.C. Eastern Region for two years, where he worked and studied with Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Yosef A. A. ben Jochannan, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. Asa Hilliard, Dr. Wade Nobles, Dr. Amos Wilson and Dr. Francis Cress Welsing, just to name a few.
Professor Smalls, continue to teach throughout Africa and the United States elevating our people through spirit, mind and body. As one of the pioneers in the movement since the late 60’s, we say Ashe and lets continue to support our elders, who have led the way for our new platforms to be heard.