Scholar, Educator Dr. Frances Cress Welsing Dies, Chuck D Explains Inspiration

RIP Dr. Frances Cress Welsing!!!!

Public Enemy’s Inspiration for Fear of A Black Planet has died. Dr. Frances Cress Welsing – a revered scholar, author and “Queen Mother of Black Consciousness” – as died at the age of 80.

Welsing suffered a stroke on New Year’s Day and was previously in critical condition before passing away in Washington D.C.

Welsing’s crowning works were “Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation” (1974) and then The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors (1991), which was embraced by the Hip-Hop community during the Golden Era of rap music.

Chuck D of Public Enemy said, “RIP to the elder Dr. Frances Cress Welsing.. the inspiration behind FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET via @harryallen.”

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Below are a few videos of Dr Frances Cress Welsing. She will be missed, but her impact is everlasting.