This just in from Broadside Press writer, Cool Crys:
We regret to inform that our dear Sekou has passed. Today, there are no words. It is a devastating loss for us and the poetry community but even more so for his family. Please keep them in your prayers.
An official statement from the family:
At 5:47 AM on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, my beloved Sekou Sundiata passed away.
On behalf of Sekou and his family, thank you all for your expressions of love and support and for your prayers. Cards can be sent to 296 Stuyvesant Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11221
Details regarding funeral arrangements and donations will be forthcoming.
Maurine (Kazi) Knighton
Be thankful that we knew him. He blessed us with his voice, his words told our stories, and his energy lit a room the moment he stepped into it. Be grateful. Celebrate his life and expect that we will see him again, one day.
Mildred, Steven, Gamal, Ninja
Click here to see a performance by Sekou Sundiata, a small glimpse of what he meant to the poetry community at large:http://youtube.com/watch?v=IWhnZPeW644