Search - List of Books by Odimumba Kwamdela

Odimumba Kwamdela (born John A. Brathwaite) has published 14 books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and 1 musically dubbed power-of-the-word (poetry) Compact Disc. He is also known as the "Grassroots Philosopher" and the "Prophet Next Door".

In 1960, while in his early teens, he left his native Barbados for London, England. He eventually enlisted in the British Army and served in the Middle East. After military service, he left London for Ontario, Canada. There he freelanced with Toronto newspapers before becoming founding publisher and editor of Spear, reputed to be the first Black magazine published in Canada. He once said, "I had big dreams of making Spear the Ebony of Canada."

Eventually becoming disappointed with what he saw as the limitation of Spear in a nation with too small a Black population and believing the "controversial" label given to the original edition of his book, Niggers...This is Canada, made him the object of governmental harassment, he exiled himself to New York City. There, around the mid-1970s, he made the decision to discard the name J. Ashton Brathwaite under which he had written and published.

Kwamdela taught in for the New York City Board of Education as a high school teacher of Writing and Graphic Arts, serving for several years in the roughest schools in the world, one for adolescent offenders located in infamous, volatile Rikers Island Jail. He wrote a book detailing this experiences.
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Total Books: 14
Small Black Book of Mighty Thoughts Africa's Seeds Sure Path to Redemption
2007 - Small Black Book of Mighty Thoughts Africa's Seeds Sure Path to Redemption (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780941266338
ISBN-10: 0941266338
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Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World
2006 - Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780941266321
ISBN-10: 094126632X
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Journey Through Jailhouse Jeopardy A Good New York City Teacher Ends Up Down in Bad Rikers Island Jail
Niggers This Is Canada
2002 - Niggers This Is Canada (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780941266024
ISBN-10: 0941266028
Genre: Nonfiction
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The Small Black Book of Big Thoughts
2002 - The Small Black Book of Big Thoughts (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780941266178
ISBN-10: 0941266176
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Raining Ruins and Rockstones
Raining Ruins and Rockstones (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780941266000
ISBN-10: 0941266001
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Black British Soldier
Black British Soldier (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780941266055
ISBN-10: 0941266052
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The grassroots philosopher
The Grassroots Philosopher (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780941266093
ISBN-10: 0941266095
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Back to Penny Hole Forever
Back to Penny Hole Forever (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780941266123
ISBN-10: 0941266125
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Soul Surviving Up in Canada
Soul Surviving Up in Canada (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780941266147
ISBN-10: 0941266141
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