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Abstract

This essay authored by Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome, titled “Rod Bush Fought the ood Fight,” is a contribution to the anthology Rod Bush: Lessons from a Radical Black Scholar on Liberation, Love, and Justice, edited by Melanie E. L. Bush, and co-edited by Rose M. Brewer, Daniel Douglas, Loretta Chin, and Robert Newby (2019). According to Okome, Rod Bush fought the good fight. He was an honorable man, a scholar par excellence who lived a life dedicated to truth, justice, equity and sacrifice to the cause of full equality for people of African descent. Okome laments that he’s gone too soon, but is comforted that he lives on in the body of work he produced, the lives he touched, and the people he loved, as well as those who loved him. Rod Bush was, in her view, the epitome of what the Yorùbá call Omolúàbí, a concept Okome explain briefly in the chapter. Okome argues that Bush will never be forgotten, because he kept the faith. She also claim him as her brother. Okome wishes that his soul rest in peace and Mel, Sari, and the rest of the family be comforted and strengthened.

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