"...I endorse anything you write, say or do."
Citizen Diplomat, journalist, author, educator, artist, healer, internationalist, abolitionist, lecturer.
Major influences have been
-Dr. and Mrs. Martin and Coretta Scott King.
-Dr. Bousseina Faried, President of the Cairo Women's Club.
-Khadijah el-Naklah-my first mentor of Egyptian Dances.
-Dr. Julianne Malveaux, a role model
-my Dear Mother, Mrs. Hazel Bernice Wimbs, RN,
-Nakish for urging me to found Meroe and the Moorish Dance Diaspora.
-Dr. Alvenia Moody Fulton, N.D., D.D., Ph.D.
-Dr. Georgetta Manning-Cox & family,
-Mrs. Bella Abzug,for her position on the ERA,
-Mrs. Amina June Goodyear, who taught me dance theatre
-Mr. Joseph Brown for everything
-Mr. Raven Chanticleer, A-A Wax and History Museum of Harlem
-The Williams Sisters,
-Daddy, Mr. Brister R. Wimbs, who through his tales, I was able to trace my Senegalese ancestry.
-The Jimmy Carter Family
-The Keita dynasty of Mali(I met a descendant in Paris)
-Kojo Ade - best ongoing friend & dance partner.
-Dr. Ivan van Sertima, for his "The Came before Columbus"
-James Brown for his message songs, and seeing him in Paris
-The various communities of the Bay Area for all that you gave me.
-Joyce Hawkins and Marva Hijazi-Original Troupe Members of the Meroe and the Moorish Dance Diaspora.
-The movie brothers "Greg and Dr. Earnest" of the Museum of African American Cinema.
-Egypt and Paris for the refocusing
-Ms. Hazel Smith for everything (the same sign and name of my Mother, so I knew I was in a cool situation)
-Healers, Dr. Michael Smith, Dr. Misha Cohen, Dr. Murray Kallier, Dr. Richard Robertshaw.
-Ms. Veronica German and Atty. Elaine Lee- real sisters in sisterhood.
-Mme. Katherine Dunham,
-Dr. Maulana Karenga, the creator of Kwanzaa and for the introduction to the 42 Admonitions of Maat and the Husia.
-Parnessa Seale, CEO of the Balm in Gilead
-Pam Grier, the actress for her correcting society roles as Foxy Brown.
-Rev. Jesse Jackson's speech before an international chamber of commerce's press conference in Cairo.
New York, NY USA
-Award Certificate from the UN WHO for participation in the UN World Health Day's International theme - MOve for Health. Produced the Groove for Health kit focusing on dance as healthy and on Harlem Resources.
-Presidential Letter of Commendation for National Dance Week
-Presidential Sports Award in Dance
-Citizen Ambassador with a honorary passport in the Jimmy Carter Family's Friendship Force International.
-An honors certificate for awareness raising activities as a registered abolitionist with the American Anti-Slavery Group' Freedom Brigade.
-Woman in the Media Award from the National Assn. of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, NYC, Chapter
-African-American Wax and History Museum of Harlem - Appointment - Board Member
-United Nations Assn. of the USA- member and registered with the Global Health Initiative.
-Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority.
-Author of the "Proclamations" bookline on AFrican Diaspora Folklore Anthropology
-Regional Delegate, National Dance Week 2002-3
-Founder/President of R.O.O.T.S. Institute for African Diaspora Folklife, which won 3 Mayoral Proclamations for the City of Berkeley, CA '85,'86 and '87, in Traditional Healing Systems, Traditional Medicine and Traditional Music of the AFrican Diaspora.
-Founder/President of the International Vegetarian Network and Friends, which won 3 governmental proclamtions from elected official - May 2000 for activities conducted during National Black Health and Fitness Month.
-Producer,of audio-documentary series, "Back in Egypt"
-Judge, The Baptist Dance Festival Contest, SF/
-Commencement Speaker at the Black Graduation of U.of Davis.CA.
-Kwanzaa Fest award certificate for community service demonstration excellence in the areas of "radio,health and community activism.
-Winner of Education Abroad Fellowship to Paris from UC Berkeley.
-Member of the Harlem Arts Alliance through the Wax Museum
-Scholarship to attend the L'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne Paris,
-Winner of the Lucy Moten Travel/Study Fellowship to participate in Operations Crossroads Africa's program in Ghana.
-Featured in the 1st version of Gapped Tooth Women and served as a resource.
-Winner as a graduate student of radio production award for "In Tune" from the DC Chapter of American Women in TV and Radio.
-Conducted the "Free at Last" Healthier Harlem campaign through niaonline.com
-Establishment of a UN.Assn/UN family book collection in Harlem under my father's name.
- Archive submission project with the King Center in Atlanta
-Conducted the First Ever Black History Bus Tour of the Bay Area SF, while teaching at New College.
-Led a tour to Egypt.
-Conducted the Ist ever Kwanzaa Ceremony at Howard Univ. in 1976.
-Co-producer of the Ft. Mason Complex Slide Show in SF. And did the voice-over for it.
-Anna Halpern Dance Workshop Scholarship, SF.
-Co-producer of Culture Caravan World Music and Dance Series in SF. Won a program grant for Culture Caravan from Ft. Mason. Received a commendation letter from City Hall.
-Western Public Radio mid-level producers training grant.
-Planning committee member of the 5K Harlem Rennaissance Run.
-Masters in Human Ecology from Howard University
-Masters in Folklore Anthropology with a speciality in Traditional Medicine and Black Folklore.
-Conducts a small literacy project for overseas communities.
-A letter of commendation form former SF Mayor Dianne Feinstein.
-Founded Meroe and the Moorish Dance Diaspora, the first all-Black troupe to perform at a Rakkasah.
-Certified in hatha yoga teacher's training by the 63rd Y, NYC.
-Certified in Polarity and in the Hippocrates Health Institute.
-Developing an archival project on the Works of Zora Neale Hurston based on her healing remedies, color systems and High John the conquer' to appropriate recipients, i.e. her sorority Zeta Phi Beta, also that of my aunts.
Updated the following
-Herbal Remedies for Women- Over 120 formulas for over 30 Conditions.
-A Guide to Herbal Birth Control and Alternate/Natural Methods for Men and Women
-Traditional Healing Systems of the AFrican Diaspora-4th expanded edition.
*Kwanzaa Anniversary Treasuries
-Kwanzaa Southern Cuisine Vegetarian Recipe Treasury - Search for "The Recipe Directory"
-Kwanzaa Family Celebration and Activity Treasury.
The Black Sanctity series in honor of Mr. Joe Brown to be donated to his Church,
-Traditional Usage of Psalms by AFrican-Americans.
-The Bible as an African Folk Religion Observance in America
-The African Connection
-High John de' Conquer', Shango and Jesus; A comparison of hero pattern life incidents by applying the Lord Raglan Hero Theory. Published in the NY Beacon
-Ode to the Kink, the Real Permanent, a tribute to Our Hair-dedicated to Black Rose, the Beauty Culturalist
-Soul to the Rescue - epic rap song. A Study in Negating Negativity. The King Kong Story in reverse.
-Pyramid Rap -Delta Pledge Line Song (available only from line sisters of the Oakland East Bay Alumnae Chapter)
-African Survivals and Retentions Extant Among Black Americans ( if you do something different and know not why-then there is the African factor) - Live Recorded interview by Leroy of the Communicators on WHCR-FM - 2 parts
-Blacks In Paris - A recording for the rehearsal of the live show.
-From the ROOTS 1 Conference-tapes on Folk Healing in New Orleans and Yoruba Healing in the West (Cuba) by Iya Luiseh Teish and Marcus Gordon - Priest in the Lecumi tradition (Cuba)
-In the process in completion
--Traditional Medicine of the AFrican Diaspora
--The ROOTS June is Black Music Month -dedicated to Baba Olatunji
--Beginners How-To- Guide for Giving Ethnic Recitals
-Will Hold a High John the Conquer' and the 7 African Powers Folklore event in Dec,- still in the planning stages
-Traditional Dances of the African Diapsora- from the National Dance Week Observance.
-Recruiting for delegates and city-wide committee members for National Dance Week, 2003
-Vegetarian online contest
-Have nominated Dr. Earnest Gaines and Mr. Gregory Mills of the Museum of African American Cinema to the board of the Wax Museum
-In the process of applying to be a partner for the UN Year of Cultural Heritage of Unesco.org
-Conducted UN World Health Day and Dancers' Health Day event and produced the Groove for Health kit, which is being submitted to World Health Organization-Received certificate from WHO from this
-In the process of developing an audio library of my shows broadcast over WHCR-FM, 90.3, 1997-2002.
-I'd like to go on a Groove for Health tour encompassing Beauty, Health, Book Celebrations and Dance.
-To receive another Presidential Sports Award in the Fit/Start Category, but not in Tennis as I had hoped.
R.O.O.T.S Institute for African Diaspora Folklife/Anthropology
163-38, 145th Rd. & INternational African Vegetarian Network and Friends
Jamaica NY 11434
Contact Author: Cassandra-Meroe Wimbs
National Dance Week and Int'l Dance Day, 2002
They graceiously publiahed the program description of the observance of Traditional Dances of the African Diaspora for the National Dance Week Observance,2002. Video Screenings, Registration for the Presidential Sports Award in Dance, Panel discussion, photo gallery exihibit,web events, demo dance classes, A James Brown birthday event, Dancers' Health Day, and an Ancestor Dance Prayer Observance at the NY African Burial Grounds, et.al. Would like to see a simulation of the Biennale and Aida this year.
I love working and networking with this organization. I didn't apply to be citizen ambassador, so it tells me that someone thought I did something really right overseas. FFI is about intentionally cultivating friendship, before externals divide. I recruit whenever possible and hope to set up a day/host Chapter in Harlem. I have 2 articles on this site. I love my Friendship Force passport.
Expert areas of interests
Ask me about what you like to know what I know about and vs versa. My hobbies are Black Heritage Stamp collection, international cultures, the arts, travel,languages etc. I intend to focus more on the arts, travel and languages such as Esperanto. ( Imitate Elaine Lee) I always have to keep my French up. I like askme.com because questions are answered.
Member of the Beloved Community as signed on the King Center site.
First I read a highly impressive interview of Mrs. Coretta King, in which she outlined how Dr. King would want his birthday observed and also what must be done for our brothers and sisters behind bars. so I called Atlanta and was sent an activism kit for the enhancement of democracy in every day life. The strategy philosophy as outlined in "Six Steps for Non-Violent Social Change" is eternally appropriate as a solution in the peace process, showing one how to win despite the odds. I signed the non-violence pledge and
UN Assn. of the USA
I love working with the UN Assn of the USA. It is a type of refining of present education skills. It allows me to share information with those undereducated in my community. Since I am into Global traditional healing systems anyway, I love being part of the Global Health INitiative project. I am learning so much. Plus being able to create publication collections in various communities and with my families in Atlanta, and elsewhere, who in turn will be members and educators.
It was the door opener to the UNESCO programs. I am with the World.