Master Educator Baba Hannibal Afrik (Brother Harold E. Charles) Makes His Transition To Be With Elders
It is with sadness to report that Baba Hannibal has made his transition Monday afternoon, June 27, 2011. He fought to the very end which is a reflection of his everlasting spirit.
Baba Hannibal Afrik (Harold E. Charles, M.Ed.) is a veteran retired Chicago teacher. After 30 years at Farragut High School, and 8 years teaching at Northeastern Illinois University, he became a nationally acclaimed educator with over 50 awards, 3 national awards, and the coveted STAR AWARD from the National Science Teachers Association in 1975.
In 1968, he led the Black Teachers Association in a successful community control movement using the Farragut Black Manifesto as a model. Later in February 1972, he co-founded the Shule YA Watoto (school for children) an independent community institution on Chicago’s Westside. This institution succeeded for 31 years through self-reliance.
Among his many leadership positions for 50 years have been: Council of Independent Black Institution (CIBI); Afrikan National Rites of Passage United Kollective (ANROPUK); National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA); Republic Of New Afrika; and The Malcolm X College Annual Kwanzaa Celebration since 1995.
An acclaimed Biologist, Afrik performed scientific research in biochemistry for 7 years. After moving to Mississippi in 1999, in 2004, he organized the Community Youth Achievers, Inc., C.Y.A. in Hermanville, Mississippi. He established the Environmental Village Campus as a prototype sustainable community. This young institution is the most unique Afrikan American Tourist Attraction in Mississippi. With a 5-acre homestead, CYA can provide urban & rural survival training through the Outdoor Leadership Skills Project (OLSP), Southern Region.
As an educational consultant for School Tech Services, Baba Hannibal provides over 15 workshops and classes across the country. He is proud of his 37½ years marriage to Mama Marini, who made her transition in 1992. The father of four children, four grandchildren, and 2 great-grand children, Afrik personified the belief hat “Children are the reward of life”. Presently, he resides in Hermanville, Mississippi, recuperating from bilateral foot amputations in 2010 but continues his work.
Baba Hannibal received his B.S. degree in biology from Central State University, Wilberforce Ohio in 1955, his M.Ed in teaching of science from Chicago Teachers College in 1962 and an Advance Certificate in Administration and Curriculum from University of Chicago in 1966.
Additionally, he received certificates of achievement from Howard University in Afrikan Affairs and Post-graduate work in Inner city education from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. He has taught all levels from pre-school, GED to graduate school.